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Scene 53
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 55

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LIV. The emperor receives assurances of victory

The emperor, according to Dion Cassius, ascended the mountains, and followed Decebalus into his last retreat; and we see him in this composition standing on a rock, with his two general officers and surrounded by soldiers, giving accounts of the result of the last actions, and of another next to be described. The whole composition is well disposed, the emperor standing between two groups of men. Rocks are seen rising to the top of the spiral behind him, and forest and broken ground in front. Two p146soldiers hold up heads of men they have killed, in order to claim the imperial favour.


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