It is a honorary column dedicated to the byzantine emperor Phocas, erected in 608 BCE by the exarch, the byzantine governor, making it the last addition to the Forum in Antiquity.
The columns is a recycled monument. An earlier inscription was chiselled away to make room for the dedication to Phocas.
The Corinthian column is 13.6m high and placed on a stepped plinth. Originally it had a gilded bronze statue of emperor Phocas on the top.
The column remained visible even when the Forum was covered by 5-8m of dirt, and it remains in situ from antiquity.
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