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Column of Phocas

Honorary column to byzantine emperor Phocas

Italy / Rome / Forum Romanum

The Column of Phocas is located on the main square of the Forum Romanum, in front of the Rostra.

It is a honorary column dedicated to the byzantine emperor Phocas, erected in 608 BCE by the exarch, the byzantine governor, making it the last addition to the Forum in Antiquity.

The columns is a recycled monument. An earlier inscription was chiselled away to make room for the dedication to Phocas.

The Corinthian column is 13.6m high and placed on a stepped plinth. Originally it had a gilded bronze statue of emperor Phocas on the top.

The column remained visible even when the Forum was covered by 5-8m of dirt, and it remains in situ from antiquity.

Photo gallery for "Column of Phocas"

There are 16 photos in this gallery.

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  • View of the Forum Romanum seen from the Palatine hill
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  • The Forum Area with the Via Sacra
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  • 2002-08-30-160122
  • 2002-08-30-160051
  • The Roman Forum seen from the Tabularium
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