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Graffiti on Ancient Coins
Ancient people would sometimes scratch their initials or other marks on their coins.
|The Column of Phocas atwas erected before the and dedicated to the Emperor on 1 August 608. It was the last addition made to the Romanum. The Corinthian column has a height of 13.6 m (44 ft). Both the column and the marble socle were recycled from earlier use. It stands in its original location, but the statue that was once on top was probably taken down soon after Phocus' death. An English translation of the follows: To the best, most clement and pious ruler, our lord Phocas the perpetual emperor, crowned by God, the forever august triumphator, did Smaragdus, former praepositus sacri palatii and patricius and Exarch of Italy, devoted to His Clemency for the innumerable benefactions of His Piousness and for the peace acquired for Italy and its freedom preserved, this statue of His Majesty, blinking from the splendor of gold here on this tallest column for his eternal glory erect and dedicate, on the first day of the month of August, in the eleventh in the fifth year after the consulate of His Piousness.|