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Column (combat)

A column is line of men marching abreast (usually 2, 3 or 4 men abreast in SCA combat).

Columns are almost never used as a battle formation, as they are primarily used to quickly march fighters from one place to another. However, a quick turn to the right or left can make a long column into a very effective shieldwall.

Column (architecture)

A column is a classical architectural feature used to support ceilings and domes but still allow a lot of movement and airflow at the ground level. It is very evident in the large medieval cathedrals. There are various different styles of columns, e.g. Ionic, Doric, Corinthian.