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Scene 86
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 88

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LXXXVII. Battle and defeat of the Dacians

A furious struggle is going on. The Romans engaged are the light troops only. The Dacians are fighting with great resolution. One in the centre of the battle is beaten down on one knee, but continues the struggle against a Roman. Another beaten to the ground seems to ask for quarter without effect. Another on one knee is seen stabbed down within the collar-bone. Others fight on more even terms, hand to hand. The ground is strewn with the dead of the enemy. In one part of the field they lie two deep, and the Romans stand on heaps of slain. A line of rocks protects a number of fugitives, who are seen hurrying in the direction of the fortress last seen. The Romans have suffered probably some losses in the action, and are seen occupying an entrenched camp from which they propose to issue in pursuit of the enemy, and from which the men and material for an assault on the capital are to be organised. This place is made as strong as possible. There appears to be two or more lines of enclosure. Within the second line are seen the tents of the praetorians.


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