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Scene 42
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 44

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

XLIII. Construction of a fortified camp

On the rocky ground close to the bridge, the emperor is constructing a fortified camp. Part of it is of masonry and is square, though represented in false perspective by the sculptor. Great activity is shown in pushing on the completion of this stronghold.

This square fort is distinct from the rest of the fortified camp, which is defended by a high agger, perhaps of turf, with occasional battlements. Inside is a small tower with a chamber in it which has a window higher than the wall of circumvallation. Two huts roofed with planks are also to be distinguished. The place is surrounded by rocks on which are a few trees.


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