THE FIGURE OF VICTORIA FROM THE RELIEF FRIEZE ON TRAJAN’S COLUMN
The marble triumphal column of Trajan was erected to commemorate the emperor’s victory over the Dacians. The frieze, which winds around the column shaft in a length of about two hundred meters, describes the events of the two Dacian wars (101—102, 105—106 AD). It shows more than 2500 figures, mostly Roman and Dacian soldiers, but the emperor and the goddess Victoria, who symbolises the triumph of the Romans, are also represented. The winged deity appears at the end of the reliefs representing the first Dacian war: her left foot treads on a helmet and she is using a stylus to write upon a round shield resting on a pillar, recording the victory of the Romans.