National Geographic has a new feature story on Trajan’s column (I haven’t read it yet, so don’t spoil it for me 🙂 ). And they’ve made a cute video to go along with it! I really liked watching the column drums go up by pulleys, rather than by crane (I’d always thought column drums were set up by cranes). And the nice animation of the rollers for moving heavy stones.
Also great were some of the details, like the recognizable scene of divine aid on the column face and the little chips of marble around 1:33. Well done, Nat Geo!
In the interview with the director, though, I had to laugh when he talked about how hard the pulley system must have been to use (around 4:20) — maybe the first time, but by Trajan’s day? These guys were pros.
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