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Trajan's Column

Trajan's Column
Of course we can't see what's on top. From the narrative:
Ancient coins indicate preliminary plans to top the column with a statue of a bird, probably an eagle, but after construction, a statue of Trajan was put in place; this statue disappeared in the Middle Ages. On December 4, 1587, the top was crowned by Pope Sixtus V with a bronze figure of St. Peter, which remains to this day.
Who knew that coins would be depicted with "preliminary plans"? This Trajan seems to get a lot of things credited to his rule too, even though the narrative isn't shy to say:
As far as ancient literary sources are concerned, an extant continuous account of Trajan's reign does not exist.
 
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