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Scene 65
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 67

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LXVI. Another landing and sacrifice

The emperor is collecting the forces placed in various garrisons. He is here at another colonial city at the port of which he has landed. In the background is a range of buildings, the most important building a theatre. The front is to the spectator. Rows of windows or open arched corridors are seen round the exterior of the circular part, the rows of seats are shown in perspective over the top. A lofty archway joins this building to an open colonnade. Cypresses and other trees are seen in a garden beyond. The walls of the town and a raised arched gateway are seen to the right. To the left of the theatre is a building in two stories, the lower entered by a lofty arch, then a temple with a portico on four Ionic columns and of the buildings. In front of these buildings is a wide quay supported by arches rising from the water. On the right a galley touches the quay, and legionaries and three standard bearers are partly on the shore, and others in the act of landing.

An awning is spread over the seats of the galley on a spar, of which one end rests on the top of the forecastle. p155Hippocamps and a cupid are carved on the bow and an eye behind her beak. The sterns of other vessels are discernible over the walls at another quay or landing place.

The emperor is in the act of offering sacrifice on a small square altar. Firebrands are upon the altar, and a pine cone, pomegranates, and other fruit are prepared for consumption. Besides ministers there are citizens or soldiers and their children, both boys and girls. The crowd covers the entire space of the quay or platform of the port.


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