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Scene 105
This webpage reproduces a section of
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.
Any color photographs are © William P. Thayer 1997-


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Scene 107

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

p176 CVI. The head of Decebalus brought to the Roman quarters

The scene is the praetorian quarter of a Roman camp. It is built on a height and a double wall protects one precipitous p177side. Within is a crowd of Roman soldiers with their helmet off. Two light armed soldiers have just come into camp, and bear in their hands the head of Decebalus on a board. All heads are turned on this ghastly trophy. Their eyes are closed and the sheepskin cap still covers the hair. The tent of the emperor is behind the crowd, and the emperor has probably been first presented with this visible evidence of the conclusion of the reign of his enemy.


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