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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

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Scene 60

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p148  LIX. Fulfilment of further conditions of the peace

Dacians are seen destroying with axes and hammers the stone and other fortifications. Battlemented walls, gates, small temples, and other buildings, with pedimental roofs, and framed doors are distinguishable amongst the condemned works. They represent Zarmizegethusa, the principal stronghold of Decebalus in this part of his dominions, and  p149 show how much the enemy had borrowed of the architecture and other arts of the Romans, and give some indication of the advancement made in these respects by Decebalus under former Roman emperors.

Return of the Inhabitants expelled by Decebalus.

One of the conditions to be carried into execution by the Dacians was the surrender of lands and settlements, from which they had ejected the former inhabitants, to the original owners. Accordingly women carrying children at the breast; old men with children on their shoulders; a mother with an infant tied up and in a wooden cradle on her head, are returning either to quarters evacuated by the Dacians, or, as seems more in accordance with their dress and appearance, they are the unarmed Dacian population returning with their cattle.

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