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Scene 36
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 38

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  XXXVII. Reception of a Dacian ambassador

Trajan is surrounded by signiferi, one carries an aquila another a draco and a strong guard. Two men, one dressed in a linen tunic tied in at the waist, notched at the bottom, with another under dress reaching half way down the thigh, short cloak fastened on the right shoulder, drawers to the calf of the leg, and sandals; the other, in a similar dress behind, addresses the emperor. The principal personage appears to invite the emperor to treat of peace. The latter stretches out his right hand as if stating conditions. A square arx is behind them. Inside the walls are two square look-out places raised on posts of timber above the heights of the walls protected by a balustrade of upright and diagonal crossed rails. A square gate, with a portcullis, is seen in the front wall, and one of the wooden towers is immediately over it. A roofed building and two small houses are seen inside.

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