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Scene 45
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 47



XLVI. A fortified camp

On a piece of rocky and broken ground a fortified camp his been placed. Two tents are seen inside. Three guards are standing sentry outside the Pretorian gate. In the distance, partly hidden in the hollows and depressions of the ground, are four small round temples, each is fronted by a doorway with ornamental jambs, and moulded lintel over it. One of these doors is topped by a circular pediment. Another door is arched, and has two side columns with a corona above them, making an outer door frame. Each building has a conical roof, and in the roofs of three are dormer windows covered in with flat tiles or planks sloping back to the roof. Two cypress trees are seen besides each of these buildings, and these buildings are perhaps tombs or mortuary temples. They are scattered amongst broken rocks which half conceal the Roman soldiers, whom the sculptor has represented amongst them. Further off is another detached fortified enclosure. It has a wall of masonry, in which is a square headed door, and besides that a praetorian gate or opening in the wall defended by two wooden towers.

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