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A Description of the Trajan Column
by John Hungerford Pollen

printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode,
printers to Queen Victoria
London, 1874

Text and engravings are in the public domain.
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SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

p174 CII. Speech of Trajan and distribution of plunder

The emperor stands on a low suggestum. Two officers are behind him. In front of him are two standard bearers. Other officers and guards surround the emperor. Behind the guards some soldiers leading sumpter horses laden with paniers filled with cups, vases, and other precious objects. These, according to Dion Cassius, the historian,a were found in a depository under the bed of a stream. This receptacle was prepared by the prisoner of Decebalus, who turned the course of the river Sargetia at a spot not far from his own stronghold. All the prisoners acquainted with this proceeding were put to death by Decebalus to prevent the possibility of this secret being divulged. Beculus, one of the number, alone survived and brought to Trajan such information as led to the recovery of the treasure. Part of this plunder is distributed by the emperor among the legionaries, and part secured for the use of the military chest. One soldier points to the emperor, apparently praising his generosity. Others turn back to look at the retreating forces of the enemy as he makes his way over the mountains.


Thayer's Note:

a Cassius Dio: LXVIII.14.


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