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Scene 106
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 108

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p177  CVII. Capture of fugitives of rank

A party of infantry soldiers have pursued and hunted out a number of fugitives of rank. The unfortunate Dacians are surrounded, bound hand and foot, and carried away. They seem to have resisted, and to be men of great personal strength, judging by the number of Romans engaged in the capture and confusion attending this violent proceeding, which is admirably rendered by the sculptor. The scene is high in a mountain range, and various wild beasts are introduced to signify the danger and difficulty of the ground. One of the animals is considered to be the urus, a wild ox or auroch mentioned in Caesar's War in Gaul. Another is a red stag, and another a wild boar.

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