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Scene 98
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 100

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

XCIX. Timber stores and fortifications abandoned by the Dacians

A wall, in two parts, perhaps signifying a double wall, defends a Dacian station, in which are piled great stores of timber. The logs are laid in rows longways and across, alternately, in the Roman fashion. The walls defending this space appear only on the side facing the spectator. The stream protects another side and a space of some distance on the only other side seen divides it from a Roman dockyard established for the construction of boats. Water perhaps intervenes. These stations seem both to be at the foot of or near to spurs of the Carpathians, and close to a country well furnished with timber; the imperial forces as well as the enemy, having stores of this description at no great distance from one another.

From this fortified wall the Dacians are issuing giving and receiving orders, and encouraging each other to advance against the Roman station or one of their fortresses.

A Roman naval building yard is in the further background or left hand corner. Great stores of wood are piled round it, and soldiers, artificers, are seen with mallets and chisels at work on the construction of a boat. They wear their helmet during this operation, and the place is perhaps, dangerously open to attack.


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