A rostral column is a type of victory column, originating in ancient Greece and Rome where they were erected to commemorate a naval military victory. Traditionally, rostra — the prows or rams of captured ships — were mounted on the columns. Rostral columns of the modern world include the Columbus Memorial at Columbus Circle in New York City, and the paired Saint Petersburg Rostral Columns.
List of notable rostral columns
- Columna Rostrata C. Duilii ("Rostral Column of Gaius Duilius"), celebrating the naval Battle of Mylae (260 BC); formerly in the Roman Forum, some remnants of the inscription are now in the Capitoline Museum. 
- Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns (1811), Saint Petersburg, Russia
- Tripoli Monument First Barbary War
- Columna Rostrata C. Duilii in Samuel Ball Platner and Thomas Ashby: A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome (1929).
- "Greek architecture" Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1965
- Rostra, the raised platforms in ancient Rome, also adorned with the beaks of captured warships, from which orations, pleadings, etc., were delivered.
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- English translation of the inscription on the Columna Rostrata, Rome
- Images of the rostral column at Columbus Circle, New York City
- Images of the Saint Petersburg Rostral Columns
- Tripoli Monument at the U.S. Naval Academy