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Scene 82
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 84

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXXIII. The emperor provisions the stations on his route

Trajan is here seen at the head of the column of march. He is supposed to have brought the two divisions of his army into communication with each other.35 They are represented in two lines, one behind a line of rocks or mountains. He appears in this composition at the head of one, perhaps Hadrian at the head of the other. Those behind the rocks are headed by cornicines blowing their instruments. Trajan and one officer are at the head of that column. He points to a circular wall or enclosure which is being provisioned. Most of the men heading the column wear crowns of olive or bay leaves round their helmet. They are headed by three ensigns. Nearest the column is an aquilifer. The emperor points to the entrance to the enclosure, before which stands a sentry. In the enclosure two carts, one drawn by one mule, a vicious animal with his ears back, and one by two horses, are loaded with sacks of grain and provisions, and these are in process of unloading by soldiers told off to that duty. One of the carts seems to hang below the axles. A soldier in the foreground kneels on a piece of rock, and dips with a long handled point into the river. A small detached circular enclosure seems to be built on the level of the river. It has two tall wooden gates. The walls are battlemented.

The Author's Note:

35 Following the routes named in the Introduction, pp81, 82.

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