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Scene 11
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 13

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p119  XII. Construction of a bridge

A bridge is being thrown over what is probably an affluent of the Danube, and lies across the great military road which the emperor is constructing. Five soldiers are occupied, lifting, fitting, and nailing together timbers for this bridge. It is supported on latticed girders strengthened by piles driven into the bed of the river. Several men, with mallet and chisel, are shaping different portions of the bridge. One drives a rough pile into the bed of the river, two more bear a heavy beam to complete the top of one of the girders. The timber has been carefully squared. One of the uprights of the girders is completed with a moulded abacus at the point of junction with the beam that rests on it.

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