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Scene 94
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 96

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

XCV. THE EMPEROR MAKES A SPEECH TO THE TROOPS

The imperial tent and two others are pitched in the praetorium quarters. They are carefully corded over, and ample curtains hung to the ends of these ropes or to poles of wood, which distend the tent cloths, conceal the entrances. Those of two tents are generally looped up, a valance cut into large round notches, with tassels between, hangs on the sides of these tents to protect the line of junction of the walls and roofs. Trajan is attended by a praetorian officer (perhaps by Hadrian). He holds his sheathed sword by the hilt, and his right hand is extended in the action of laying down decisions or rules of guidance. He is surrounded by tribunes and signiferi. The hearers of all ranks extend their right hands to signify their acceptance of these orders, and to pledge themselves to observe them. At the same time a number of light armed men are sent forward by the praetorian gate to protect the working parties.


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