Rostral Column

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Rostral Column


a freestanding column whose shaft is decorated with the prows or sculptured representations of ships. This tradition existed in ancient Rome and was revived during the period of late classicism (Empire style). As a rule, rostral columns were erected in honor of victories at sea or as symbols of a country’s naval power.

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rostral column

A column, in honor of a naval triumph, ornamented with the rostra or prows of ships.
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bring to mind the tree trunks of imagined jungles, shafts of rostral columns, unimaginable forums, as they are referred to in Baudelaire's verses: Le temple oil de vivant piliers / laissent entendre parfois de confuses paroles" (sic, 158).
It would be quite right to say that Petersburg became a collection of postcards a long time ago: voluptuous harpists lasciviously leaning onto Titian's bed-foot in the light of the flaming Rostral Columns, or the lamps of a night club where the front entrance is crowded with yet another folio of more than familiar faces, a couple of which haven't been devoid of appearing on gaudy book covers, and others, whom one can grant a thoughtless nod, of appearing in newspaper headlines.