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Scene 19
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 21

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p125  XX. Trajan receives a deputation from the enemy

The emperor is seated on a lofty suggestum. He is on a chair surrounded by Lucius Quietus and his lieutenants, and by guards and standard bearers, a rampart or wall is erected in front, so as to enclose this elevation, leaving an opening for the admission of the ambassadors. Near the enclosure is the Praetorian camp. Over the top of the rampart are to be seen the tent of the emperor and two sentries on guard.

Between the two enclosures the ambassadors are introduced. Three are mounted, the others are on foot. The horses have saddleclothes, bridles, and headstalls, and the bridles are of chain. Those on foot have shields. One of the horsemen is turning with a look of anger to another body come to parley. The others hold out their hands appealing to the clemency of the emperor, who, to judge from the sequel, seems to exact severe conditions. He holds a lance in his left hand.

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