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Scene 63
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 65

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LXIV. Triumphal procession

The whole city seems to have accompanied the emperor, and a number of men are crowned with garlands. Their wives and a number of children accompany the procession. They are preceded by a number of the legionaries in civil dress, amongst whom are two lictors bearing fasces. p154A number of bearded men, colonists, are amongst this crowd. All seem to wear shoes, and the children are draped, the boys in the toga, and the girls in long pepla and veils, which are draped over the shoulder and fall in graceful folds down to their feet. One little girl holds the hand of a boy, and with the other hand expresses wonder and delight. The Roman officers and attendants, and the crowned procession in their rear, pass under a triumphal arch.


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