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Section 10
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.

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Section 12

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

p118 XI. A prisoner

Beyond these, in advance, to the left (spectator's right) Trajan, with a numerous bodyguard by him, receives two Dacian prisoners. They are bearded men dressed in  p119 linen tunics and loose trowsers, which are tied round the ankles and shoes. They wear no headdress. Over their shoulders is a short cloak, sagum. The features of the nearest are dignified, the nose prominent and hooked, and the general character appears to show vigour and sagacity. This character is expressed by the sculptors more or less throughout these bas-reliefs where Dacian warriors are introduced.

A soldier drives these men with great violence to the emperor's presence. He thrusts one man forward by the hair at the back of his head. The arms of the prisoners are bound behind them. Trajan appears to be examining these men. His right hand is across his body, and he turns to his lieutenants to hear or ask their opinion.

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