Tropaeum Traiani (Trajan’s Trophy)


Carole Raddato
published on 11 May 2018
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The Tropaeum Traiani is a triumphal monument built in 109 CE in then Moesia Inferior (present-day Romania) to commemorate Trajan’s victory over the Dacians in 102 CE, in the Battle of Tapae. By the 20th century CE, the monument was reduced to a mound of stone and mortar, with a large number of the original bas-reliefs scattered around. The present edifice is a reconstruction dating from 1977 CE. The monument contained fifty-four separate metopes with sculpted scenes of the Roman campaigns. Most of these metopes are now in the site museum in Adamclisi.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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