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Scene 21
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 23

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

p125 XXII. Flight of the remains of the Dacian forces, and destruction of a stronghold

In the lower part, in the foreground, are Roman soldiers who have tracked a number of refugees to a hiding place. The Dacians defend themselves, several are wounded. One, p126a young man, half rising from the ground, defends himself with a club. An old man tries to escape with a child. The place they are in is a cavern or recess under an overhanging cliff. Further on is a cavern in which are cattle of all kinds, concealed there in the first instance, and then slaughtered to avoid their falling into the hands of the Romans.

Along the rock above are three horsemen, armed with clubs, auxiliaries of the legions, or holding lighted torches, as Muziano supposes, and riding to buildings which they are to fire. The rest of the army come up with the fugitives and penetrate a stronghold, in which the old, the women, and children of the enemy have taken refuge. The women carry their infants with them in the effort to escape. A soldier seizes one by the arm. The emperor is seen on a height above. He is giving assurance of protection to the women and children. The houses and buildings are fired. Some of the houses are of wood, and some of stone. The women are draped in ample sleeved gowns, gathered in at the waist. They wear veils on their heads. The hair is plaited round the back of their heads.


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