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Scene 31
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 33

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p134  XXXII. The emperor distributing rewards to his soldiers

The emperor is seated on a folding seat and his two generals are behind him. A third officer unarmed appears to introduce the men selected for reward. One soldier bows and kisses the hand of the emperor. Five officers in the foreground in pallia, or cloaks, which are held up under each arm so as not to cover the figure below the middle, are  p135 watching and listening. The hands of two appear to express applause. The lifting of the hands is said by Francke to indicate that they are Praetorians. Their backs are turned to the spectator.

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