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Scene 92
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 94

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

p170 XCIII. Submission of a portion of the Dacian force

The emperor is surrounded by tribunes and praetorian officers. The Dacians kneel before him, and with eager gestures seem to excuse their conduct, offer submission, and implore his protection. He holds his sword by the hilt, the hilt being towards the suppliants, while his right hand takes hold of his paludamentum. This is interpreted by some critics to mean a refusal to hear them, and to signify the intention of advancing notwithstanding this submission. The sounding of the horn certainly favours this notion. On the other hand it is against all accounts of the humanity and political sagacity of Trajan to refuse a submission if made in good faith.

p171 It is probably that, granting these persons their lives on certain conditions, he has announced his purpose to beat down all opposition to his authority, and that he refuses any general peace so long as a Dacian army of any kind keeps the field.


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