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Scene 78
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 80

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXIX. Welcome of the emperor celebrated by a sacrifice

Trajan has hurried on at the head of his troops to reach a colony. Two groups of buildings are seen in the background. One is a square fortified camp. It has a tower of wood with a wooden railing or parapet on the top at one angle. A gate of which the side jambs or piers are finished with caps is covered by a pediment. The walls are battlemented, they have no buildings inside and defend a height. Adjoining this is a double colonnade covered with a roof.  p163 The columns are of the Ionic order, and stand on a continuous base. Further on is a circular praetorium, within which a large tent is pitched. The vallum or wall is battlemented, and an arched gateway with a raised stone panel or square space above.

At the colony or station in which these buildings are represented, Trajan meets the remainder of his army, perhaps that portion which is supposed to have marched up the valley of the Aluta, and with which he makes a junction at this point in order to make a combined attack on the capital and stronghold of Decebalus. The number of standards shows that this is an important section of the army. The prefect of the praetorians, with a crowd of officers and legionaries, are assembled to meet the Emperor.

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