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Head of Trajan

Trajan (born 53, ruled 98-117 CE) expanded the empire to its greatest extent, bringing in Arabia and provinces to the east (which were eventually abandoned by Hadrian). In Rome, he is known for his extensive basilica and markets near which is his column celebrating his conquest of Dacia (modern Romania) and in the base of which his ashes were eventually interred.

Featured item:

Nike (Victory) of Samothrace (reduced size)
Modern plaster replica (given to the Wilcox by the KU Department of French and Italian) at a about 1/2 scale of a Greek original of ca. 190 BCE (original is just over 8 ft tall). According to the small metal oval in the back, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885.

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