Rostral column

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Reproduction of the Rostral Column of Gaius Duilius (ca. 260 BC) at the Museum of Roman Civilization.
Rostral columns in Saint Petersburg
The two rostral columns of the place des Quinconces in Bordeaux, France.
Rostral columns of the place des Quinconces, Bordeaux, France
Rostral column erected for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian by the Austrian Navy in 1876. Originally in Pula, transferred in 1919 to Venice. Artist: Heinrich von Ferstel.

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.

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  1. ^ Columna Rostrata C. Duilii in Samuel Ball Platner and Thomas Ashby: A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome (1929).

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  • 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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