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Scene 34
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 36

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p137  XXXV. Occupation of a fort

Immediately on landing on the further bank a portion of Trajan's forces occupy a fortified place belonging to and deserted by the enemy. It has a wall of masonry at the front. A frame raised on two lofty posts on the front of the wall shows the remains of one of the machines or balistae used by the enemy, and the wall ends in a round tower of masonry, the wall of which is continued round the inner side. Two lofty posts or poles appear to have been portions of another warlike engine, but the top part is concealed by one of the stair windows of the column. The two sides of the place, or of this part of it, are defended by palisades of timber pointed at top and set close together. Beyond this are seen two carts, one drawn by horses and carrying shields, spears, and sacks of corn; the other drawn by bullocks, laden with arms sacks, a horse saddled and bridled, and a sumpter horse with a large package on his back.

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