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Scene 55
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 57

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LVI. The Dacians are totally defeated

The emperor constructs fortifications, and holds a council of war. The emperor, attended as usual by Lucius Quietus and the tribunes of the legions, is seen raised on a suggestum inside a square fortified building of masonry. It is battlemented, and an arched doorway is found in the corner shown in the bas-relief. The door jambs are Doric pilasters, and the arch is moulded; men are employed hewing and squaring timber to complete these defensive works. The officers immediately round Trajan wear feathered plumes in their helmet. The emperor is stretching out his right hand, and appears to give emphasis by this action to various propositions or conditions which he is laying down, and to the principles on which he intends to guide his conduct in regard to the rebellion of Decebalus and his treatment of the conquered people, so as to secure the tranquility of these outlying provinces for the future.

Stores of timber are in course of accumulation on the ground now to be built over.

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