The Trajan's Column As You've Never Seen It Before

If you ever wanted to get a closer look at the relief on the Trajan’s Column in Rome, you can now do so at the Piazza del Foro di Traiano.

The column’s relief has been “unrolled” into a photographic reproduction that makes it possible to admire the tales of the two Dacian Wars, as inscribed on the monument.

The reproduction is mounted on two sides of a metal frame measuring 80 meters in length and was just inaugurated in Rome by mayor Ignazio Marino and the city’s superintendent Claudio Parisi Presicce. The exhibition is on until the end of September.

The Trajan's Column was completed in 113 AD to commemorate Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It is located in Trajan's Forum, near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. The relief artistically describes the two epic wars between the Romans and the Dacians, which took place in 101-102 and 105-106 and were triggered by the continuing Dacian threat on the Danubian Roman province of Moesia. The Trajan’s Column has been the inspiration for many subsequent triumphal columns.

Watch below a slideshow of the photographic reproduction of the Trajan’s Column (photos source La Repubblica).