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Scene 13
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 15

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p120  XIV. The horses of the emperor

Though the emperor Trajan rarely rode on the march, but shared the fatigues of his troops, he is followed by led horses in more than one of these compositions. Five horses held by five attendants (who, from their linen cuirasses, are intended for legionaries, but who are unarmed) are waiting behind the fortifications, for which a soldier is seen hewing down a tree. They appear to be kept ready for the emperor to ride round and inspect the various engineering works that are going on.

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