L'esercito di marmo. Analisi e nuove interpretazioni delle attestazioni epigrafiche dal Foro di Traiano
In: Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma: 120, 2020
Recent epigraphic investigations at the warehouses of the Basilica Ulpia brought about an in-depth analysis of a number of fragmentary inscription engraved on large marble blocks. These pieces most likely were part of the attic of the façade of the Basilica Ulpia and of the side porticoes of the annexed square. The relevant inscriptions were related to certain legions and cohorts which fought in Dacia during the campaigns of Trajan.The author speculates about the reconstruction of the entire epigraphical and decorative apparatus of the Trajan forum. A visitor entering this compound encountered an equestrian statue of the Emperor Trajan looking at the façade of the Basilica Ulpia, having his legions deployed in front of him in a sort of symbolic final adlocutio, which made eternal the bond between the commander and his men, and allowed him to thank once again the troops for their engagement in the great endeavour of subjugating the Dacians.