Discover what is carved in the Trajan's Column just watching the videos
In Trajan's Column is carved the conquest of Dacia, which the Roman emperor subdued in 106 A. D.
We know that Trajan, following the example of the Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar, wrote his De Dacian Wars, unfortunately lost. It is therefore plausible that the column represents the version by images of the Trajan’s commentary.
The column was, so to speak, an absolute premiere; never before it had been done anything like this, but, beyond its originality and spectacular artistic rendering, this masterpiece represents the highest, or at least one of the highest, evidence of Roman civilization.
Yet the vast majority of tourists and Romans themselves do not know the column.
The reason is that the conquest of Dacia is represented through 130 scenes winding along 24 spirals, which rise up from the base to the summit, so to follow the story, the visitor should turn 24 times around the column, preferably fitted of binoculars. Moreover, even if he was undergoing this tour de force, but did not know the history of the Dacian Wars, the traditions and rituals of the Romans, many of these scenes would be incomprehensible.
Our work has therefore the objective to make enjoyable, understandable and attractive this amazing masterpiece.
We have articulated our Dacian Wars in 2 components.
The first is for the visitor who is close to the column, it shows him 90 outstanding episodes, we repainted inspiring us with the indications of the famous archaeologist Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli. It is in fact appropriate to recall that at the origin the Column was painted, what it made at a time easier and more exciting the sight.
We chose those episodes which, we believe, involving depict the realism, rawness and drama described by one who certainly has witnessed these wars; as the unforgettable scenes showing the fall of Sarmizegetusa Regia, the capital of the Dacians, with the latest distribution of water to the inhabitants and then the desperate flight and suicide of Decebalus, the Dacian king.
The second component, related to the first, offers historical insights about the five campaigns that since 101 to 106 A. D. led Dacia begin a Roman province.