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The Trojan Column

 

— USC — University of Southern California —

 
The Trojan Column Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
1. The Trojan Column Historical Marker
Inscription.  This section of a column from the legendary Troy, quarried and polished without the aid of iron tools at an unknown date before 1200 B.C., stood in the courtyard of a public building believed to have been a temple of Trojan Apollo. It was presented to the University of Southern California by the Republic of Turkey and dedicated on October 29, 1952.

Hector and Paris saw me at Troy. I suffered the wrath of Agamemnon. And once, as she passed, golden Helen brushed me with her sleeve.

Ye parent gods! who rule the fate of Troy,
Still dwells the Dardan spirit in the boy;
When minds, like these, in striplings thus ye raise,
Yours in the godlike act, be yours the praise.

—Byron.

From a far place and long ago, and broken, I have come at last to another Troy. But still I am, and Troy lives once again.
 
Erected 1952 by the University of Southern California.
 
Location. 34° 1.335′ N, 118° 17.063′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County
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By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
2. The Trojan Column
The historical marker is the larger tablet on the base of the pedestal. The other three tablets are transcribed from left to right in italics.
. Marker is on Trousdale Parkway south of West 34th Street, on the right when traveling south. It is in the Amelia Taper Garden at Taper Hall, facing Trousdale Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90089, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Changing Campus (within shouting distance of this marker); Founders’ Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); An International University (within shouting distance of this marker); Public Service (within shouting distance of this marker); The Founding of USC (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ceasar Estrada Chavez (about 300 feet away); Student Musical Traditions (about 400 feet away); First Meeting of the USC Board of Trustees (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Also see . . .  Friends, Trojans, Alumni, Lend Me Your Ears!. 1994 article by John Pollini in the USC Trojan Family. Excerpt: “That’s strange, I said to myself. I knew of no polished granite-like monolithic columns used as Troy during the entire period before or, for that matter, after 1200 B.C., approximate time fixed by tradition for Homer’s Troy. Equally strange was the claim that the column once ‘stood in the courtyard believed to have been a temple of Troy Apollo.’ What temple of Apollo at Troy? Since the discovery of Troy in the 19th century, no one has
The Trojan Column Plaque, Left Side image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
3. The Trojan Column Plaque, Left Side
ever claimed to have found the site of any temple of Apollo. My archaeological curiosity was piqued, and I was determined to get to the bottom of this little mystery.” (Submitted on February 21, 2019.) 
 
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The Trojan Column Plaque, Front image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
4. The Trojan Column Plaque, Front
The Trojan Column Plaque, Right Side image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
5. The Trojan Column Plaque, Right Side
The Trojan Column image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
6. The Trojan Column
Amelia Taper Garden, University of Southern California image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
7. Amelia Taper Garden, University of Southern California
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 107 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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