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Scene 56
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 58

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p147  LVII. Construction of other and larger fortifications

The emperor establishes another and a more commodious military station well placed, and where water is abundant. At the right-hand side of the composition, and under the protection of a large round tower, part of a permanent enclosure, is seen a fountain issuing in a plentiful stream from the rock, from which it is received in a long basin of masonry of irregular shape. A soldier without his helmet, but bearing his oval shield on his left arm, is dipping a vessel into the basin. Another soldier drinks, and another carries away with him a vessel, with a handle, full of water to his quarters. Two other men are carrying closely packed sacks of grain into the fortress. Two armed attendants wearing military cloaks hold two horses of the emperor in the foreground. Is this Ulpia Trajana?

Another part of the fortifications is shown of irregular shape with a gate closed by a door in two valves in one angle. Over the gate is a cataracta or wooden portcullis. Into this part soldiers are seen carrying grain.

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