This column is pimpppeeeddd out.
The entire column is covered with praises for the events of the Emperor Trajan during the Dacian Wars. Like the Titian Arch, it was also commissioned by the Roman Senate. It is founded and prompted by the events of war, but it served as a political statement for the future. It helped to instill in Roman citizens a pride in their country and their leaders. By attributing this huge piece covered all with the actions and triumphs of one man, it most likely gave citizens an increased faith in their ruling body. The figure at the top however is not this man, Trajan. It is instead St. Peter, placed their by Pope Sixtus V, showing another political move.