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Scene 43
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 45

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  XLIV. Submission of a Dacian chief

Outside the praetorian gate of his camp stands the emperor, behind him are the two guards. One of his officers is beside him, the other presents to him a Dacian chief or prince. He wears the usual dress and a cap on his head; he is kneeling, throws his shield on the ground at the feet of Trajan and implores mercy. The emperor with his left hand on his sword hilt makes the Dacian a sign to rise with his right. Two cornicines, an eagle, two signiferi of manipuli, and a column of soldiers complete the ceremonial of this reception.

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