COLUMNA ROSTRATA AUGUSTI
a gilded column, decorated with rostra,
erected in the forum after Octavian's return to Rome in 36 B.C., to
commemorate his victory over Sextus Pompeius (App. BC v. 130
column was surmounted with a statue of Octavian and is represented
on a coin issued between 35 and 28 B.C. (Cohen, Aug. 124; BM. Aug.
633-6). Servius (ad Georg. iii. 29
: navali surgentes aere columnas
says that after his conquest of Egypt Augustus melted down many of the
beaks of the captured ships and constructed four columns, which Domitian
removed to the Capitoline where they stood in Servius' day. Where
they were erected by Augustus, and whether they were rostratae in the
ordinary sense, is uncertain.