P1010197.JPG: Lettering at the base of the Trajan Column

The obligatory shot for the type geeks. At least it keeps you all up to date that the inscription is still covered in scaffolding.

 

Here's the translation, for those that don't know:

 

The Senate and People of Rome to the Empereor Caesar Divo Nerva, son of Nerva, Trajan, Augustus, Germanicus, Dacicus, Pontifex Maximus, seventeen times tribune, six times emperor, six times consul, father of the homeland, to show the height of the hill that with such fatigue has been excavated.

 

The height refers to the saddle of land that joined the Quirinal and the Capitol hills. The excavation allowed the Forum of Trajan to be built.

 

Wikipedia on the Trajan Column inscription

 

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