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Scene 64
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 66

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LXV. THE EMPEROR ABOUT TO OFFER A SACRIFICE

Two altars are seen. One is ornamented with lines of moulding on the upper edge and a plinth below. The other is of stones laid together, and is temporary. Garlands are hung on the four sides of each altar. Fire burns on each. The emperor is at the temporary altar, and appears to be commanding silence by the action of his right hand. Two bulls are held behind the two altars, and two others are in the foreground. Behind is a fortified praetorium, entered by a door covered with close horizontal planking, and defended by a cataracta. Two soldiers fully armed are mounting guard within.


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