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Rome To 'Paint' Trajan's Column With Light/Emperor Trajan's Biography

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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2008, 11:06:33 pm »

Trajan's legacy

Unlike many lauded rulers in history, Trajan's reputation has survived undiminished for nearly nineteen centuries.

The Christianization of Rome resulted in further embellishment of his legend: it was commonly said in
medieval times that Pope Gregory I, through divine intercession, resurrected Trajan from the dead and baptized him into the Christian faith.

An account of this features in the Golden Legend. Theologians, such as Thomas Aquinas, discussed
Trajan as an example of a virtuous pagan.

In the Divine Comedy, Dante, following this legend, sees the spirit of Trajan in the Heaven of Jupiter
with other historical and mythological persons noted for their justice. He also features in Piers Plowman.

An episode, referred to as the justice of Trajan was reflected in several art works.
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