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Scene 30
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 32

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

p134 XXXI. Results of the fifth battle.

The enemy is utterly discomfited, and the field of battle covered with his dead and wounded. In the background the survivors are in full flight. The emperor in his armour, with three officers unarmed, and wearing only the pallium or military cloak, is addressing his troops. He stands on a suggestum, or platform of turf or stones raised shoulder height for the occasion. His horses, three in number, each with plain bridles and fringed saddlecloths, are held beside him. Standard bearers hold three ensigns on one side. Two have busts, one a mural decoration, and two panels or drums, subdivided by crossed bands; all three have eagles amongst their decorations. Troops of all arms, including German auxiliaries, are present amongst the audience. To the left is a praetorian camp, enclosed by a temporary turf wall, over which are seen the heads of two guards and a multitude of prisoners. Two guards are seen before the entrance of the enclosure. A soldier carrying a sack of cornº outside holds up his hand, and seems to applaud the speech and the generosity of the emperor. Two Romans belonging to the light troops embrace in the foreground, brothers or friends unexpectedly found alive by each of them, probably Praetorians who are brought from different stations.


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