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Section 8
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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Section 10

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

(p117) IX. A wood.

The nature of the country explains the necessity of carefully feeling for the enemy and ascertaining his strength. The army is in a dense forest traversed, as we have seen, by rocky streams.

The legionaries are employed in clearing the wood. Three are cutting down trees with axes. Two carry a log of large scantling slung by a stout rope in the centre to a bar or pole, one end resting on the shoulders of each. Another with both arms is lifting a large piece of timber. This is preparatory to the erection of another fortified position. A small bridge is laid over a stream in this part. They are evidently constructing well laid roads through the country as they advance.

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