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Scene 73
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 75


LXXIV. Another Roman fortress attacked by the enemy

Three walls are seen in this composition, and the determined assaults made on other strongholds seem to have necessitated the erection of walls of great strength by the emperor. These walls seem to be parts of a large circuit not yet completed, for we find in the furthest or left-hand part of the composition Roman soldiers fighting with their common secures, axes used for shaping timber. Trajan, too, is seen behind some rocky ground in the space between the second third wall. The Dacians attack with the utmost determination. Some are seen beyond the first wall, and others have penetrated beyond the second. The Romans fight furiously in both these intramural spaces. Apparently the danger is so great that Trajan mounts his horse, and gallops off in person to bring up reinforcements. Numbers of Dacians are dead and wounded in all parts of this broken ground. One is seen, a prisoner, thrust forward by the hair of his head in the direction of Trajan, who turns to question him, and whose communication probably leads to the action taken by the emperor.

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