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Scene 83
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 85

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXXIV. The advance continued

The army again advances. Nor does it, or portions of it, seem to have halted longer than was required for the purposes just explained.  p165 Two lines or columns are again separated by rocky ground, and seem to be marching parallel to each other. In the background are seen the emperor leading, then a praetorian officer, an aquilifer, draconifer and an imaginifer, with their several standards representing the divisions of the legion. All the men of this, the reserved, force carry their helmet. The foremost column consists of auxiliary forces in the van, followed by light armed Romans. The line is led by archers in conical helmet, light cuirasses of linen, and long skirts reaching to the feet. They are armed with bows and arrows. After them come Germans followed by slingers, then come the Romans. It is probably for such native troops as have been enlisted on the line of march that helmet, shields, &c. have been seen sent forward as baggage.

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