Column of Marcian: honorific monument in Constantinople.
Nowadays, the monument is known by the people of Istanbul as the Kız Tası, "the column of the girls", because there is a Nike (Victoria) shown on one of the faces of the pedestal.
In the neighborhood was another column that may once have had the same surname: this was the Column of Venus, which once played a role in a magical ritual to establish whether a girl was a virgin. It no longer exists.
The Column of Marcian itself stands about ten meters tall and was made of grey granite that was imported from Syene in Egypt. The marble capital is decorated with eagles and will have served as base for a statue of the emperor.
The inscription, in bronze letters, was above the representation of the globe and the Nikes; the bronze has been removed, but we can still read the elegiac verses, which are known as CIL 3.738).
PRINCIPIS HANC STATVAM MARCIANI
PRAEFECTVS VOVIT QVOD TATIANVS
Observe this statue of the Emperor Marcian and its column,
a work devoted by the prefect Tatianus.