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Scene 51
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 53

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LII. A ROMAN FORTIFICATION AND EXAMINATION OF A PRISONER

The Romans advance beyond the position of the enemy, who is now pressed and are busily employed fortifying a stronghold, so as to make good the ground now acquired. An unusually strong guard is placed to protect the legionaries employed in these operations. The two principal figures amongst the guards are two of the Praetorians, and these figures are amongst the most dignified and best designed in the whole series.

In the background, while superintending these fortifications, the emperor receives and examines a prisoner. He is bound and thrust into the presence of Trajan by his captors. The emperor is attended by his two general officers and by his guard. These constructions and fortifications are no hindrance to the progress of the Roman arms, and the men are seen advancing.


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