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Scene 70
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 72

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXI. Fresh fortifications

A number of colonists, Roman and native, are employed felling trees. One man holding an adze is giving directions.  p157 Several lengths of railings or framework to be placed on the crest of walls are in preparation. These are differently put together, some are framed with upright posts and single diagonal braces from the head of one to the foot of the others. Others are latticed girders, such as we make at the present day. The men are not in armour of any kind, nor are helmet or weapons to be seen. They are not, therefore in the presence of the enemy, not as yet at the actual scene of hostilities.

Besides the carpenters, masons are employed, and a basket of lime and concrete is seen emptied on a wall. There are two enclosures in process of construction. The nearest has within it a small house of two stories, with a round window in the pediment of the roof. The fortified walls are battlemented and a door closely planked. A wooden framework seems prepared for a cataracta. On another part of the wall are frames of wood for some similar purpose.

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