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Scene 85
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 87

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 pnnn  LXXXVI. A Dacian fortress

The Dacian fort is built on the summit of a rock, and follows the line of this elevated platform in a series of bold curves. A gate without defences is shown as a part of the wall. Dacians are watching outside. Two men, wearing the sheepskin cap and chiefs, are discussing the situation of matters. One, perhaps Decebalus himself, is apparently trying to give force to his orders. The other chief is remonstrating, and gives information as to the strength of  p166 the Romans. Common soldiers are with them, look-out men, and guards.

Inside the walls appear many Dacians in confusion having been driven in or discouraged by the sight of the Roman army. The place is of importance, as we see in it several houses roofed and covered with skins, and having more than one story.

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