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Scene 74
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 76

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXV. Trajan rescues his men with cavalry

By a valley among the rocks, on some of which his fortifications are in course of construction, the emperor comes to the rescue not a moment too soon. He is in armour, but is without a weapon. He rides at the head of his men, who come up at the gallop. Officers of heavy infantry can be distinguished by the plumes of their helmet behind the rocks in the background. How these troops, being cavalry, are to operate is not so clear, as the fighting is carried mainly under or between the various lines of circumvallation described in the last composition. Probably he makes the circuit of the unfinished walls, and falls on his enemy in the open.

 p159  Further are seen the tents and circumvallations of an entrenched camp. The general form is a semicircle. The right side of the enclosure is straight. It is semicircular on the other side.

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