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Scene 31
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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Scene 33

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p135  XXXII. Cruelty of the Dacians

Close to this dignified scene, from which it is not separated by any tree or sculptured detail, is shown a contrast in the behaviour of the enemy. Three Roman prisoners are stripped and brought out of a small gable roofed building, perhaps originally of Roman construction, to be tortured. Their arms are bound behind their backs, and five women are seen torturing them by applying lighted brands to their heads, arms, and shoulders. One woman drags down the head of a Roman by the hair, while another burns the back of his head, and a third the arm which is bound behind him. Another prisoner seems to implore compassion from a woman who puts the torch to his shoulder. The left leg is writhing under this infliction.

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