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Scene 81
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 83

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p162  LXXXII. Trajan sets his army in motion

The Emperor is seated on a stone suggestum or seat within the praetorium. This is represented as an enclosure of masonry, with a bead moulding on the top of the wall and hollow round towers formed at intervals along its course.  p164 Two tribunes are beside him, each attended by an officer, of whom one is covered by his pallium. A draconifer, with his cohort standard, is also within the enclosure. Both the general officers hold their swords in their hands, one having his shouldered and holding it by the scabbard and hilt as prepared for an immediate advance. The men wear their helmet. In the background sumpter mules and a cart drawn by two horses are laden with armour, going forward for the use of reinforcements, sent on or expected to fall in on the line of march.

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