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Alessandro F wrote a review Nov 2019
Milan, Italy23,850 contributions176,830 helpful votes
This column was erected in 608 and was the last monument erected in Roman Forum to honor someone. The honor was the Byzantine emperor Foca.
Date of experience: November 2019
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SoCalOregonian wrote a review Oct 2019
Murrieta, California9,181 contributions1,093 helpful votes
This monument, the last to be added to Foro Romano, in the 600’s is dedicated to Emperor Phocas. It still stands after 1400 years. It is a large column resting upon a white marble base atop a brick plinth.
Date of experience: April 2019
ChiefGuru wrote a review Sep 2019
Decatur, Indiana3,445 contributions350 helpful votes
The Column of Phocas (~44 feet tall) stands between the Basilica Julius and the Septimius Severus Arch in the Roman Forum. It is also near the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Vespasian & Titus and Palazzo Senatorio. This last addition to the Roman Forum (~608 A.D.) honored Emperor Phocas. Phocas became Emperor in 602 AD after murdering his predecessor, Emperor Marius, and his five sons. Phocas was brutally murdered himself in 610 A.D. The column is another "Forum" example of repurposed materials. The fluted marble column and Corinthian capital were appropriated from other monuments, the high plinth on which they stand originally used to support the honorary column to Diocletian (Roman Emperor 284 - 305 A.D.). Byzantine Emperor Phocas's claim to fame is that he was persuaded by Pope Boniface IV to give the Pantheon (~609 A.D.) to the church. The Pantheon (roughly 2/3 mile Northwest from the Column of Phocas) was converted it into a Christian church and consecrated to St. Mary and the Martyrs. This column is not as grand as many of the other structures in the Roman Forum but is worth seeing while you are there.…
Date of experience: June 2019
SuperTed19 wrote a review Jul 2019
Madison, Wisconsin612 contributions272 helpful votes
It’s a monument among monuments. It’s a column among columns. It’s a tall thing among tall things. It’s an old thing among old things. It’s a… Oh, never mind. It’s not all the interesting by itself, but it has the good fortune of standing where all the tourists go.
Date of experience: May 2019
MalcH wrote a review Jan 2019
Loughborough, United Kingdom2,556 contributions712 helpful votes
In many ways the story i.e. its the last monument to be built on the forum, is better than the monument itself which is just a singular column from top to bottom. Not a lot to see in itself but adds to the overall feel of the place.
Date of experience: January 2019