Column of Phocas, Rome

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Mark Cartwright
published on 06 October 2013
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The column of Phocas in the Roman Forum, Rome. The column is 13 metres high and stands on a brick base surrounded by marble steps. The inscription on the base reveals that the column was dedicated to Phocas, a centurion who became emperor of Byzantium in 602 CE. A statue of the emperor would have once stood on top of the column. It is the last Roman monument constructed in the forum.

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at AHE.

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Cartwright, M. (2013, October 06). Column of Phocas, Rome. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Cartwright, Mark. "Column of Phocas, Rome." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 06, 2013.

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Cartwright, Mark. "Column of Phocas, Rome." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 06 Oct 2013. Web. 01 Dec 2020.

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