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Scene 35
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 37


 p137  XXXVI. Trajan addressing his troops

Beyond the first part of the fortifications of this place the ground rises to an arx or citadel on a rocky platform. It is ascended by a stair and the side of the cliff is protected by a close fence of planks nailed to latticed rails. A similar wooden structure leads to a higher portion of the fort. In this side of it are two gate posts and wooden constructions are seen over the wall. A zigzag wall shown in plan runs from this upper arx down the edge of a precipitous cliff to the foreground. In the angles each side of this wall or bank are small diamond-shaped enclosures, and at intervals close to the edges of the wall inside and out spots intended to represent wall engines. These fortifications are all shown by the artist in plan. An arched doorway  p138 at the bottom of the rock outside the wall appears to be intended as a sally port and to communicate with some subterraneous entrance. On the flat rocky eminence the emperor surrounded by his two general officers addresses the legionaries. One of the officers turns to him and seems to enumerate or introduce to the emperor the heads of the column.

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