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Scene 79
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 81

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXX. A Sacrifice

After the first lustral sacrifice a more solemn sacrifice is prepared within the circular praetorian quarters, shown in the background in the last composition. Tents are seen within the enclosure, and a bulging piece of wall or hollow tower on one side, perhaps represents the praetorian gate. Inside is seen the emperor dressed in the cinctus gabinus. He is pouring a libation from a patera in his hand.

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