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Section 5
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 7

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

p114 VI. Trajan addresses his troops.

Following the immemorial custom of ancient generals and leaders Trajan is here addressing his troops. Men representing various arms of the legion, standard bearers, and others are crowded to listen. Three out of five men in the front whose backs are turned to the spectator wear the  p115 cuirass made of thin plates of metal rivetted together and reaching to the loins only; the others wear linen cuirasses. All have helmets. The shields are of two shapes, curved with square ends, or oval, ornamented some with stars and crescents, some with the arms of Jove. The emperor stands on the front of the tribunal described above. The same two officers, who are seen supporting him while giving the signal to break up his camp, are here in a like position. This structure has been prepared for the purpose, and it is from the back of it that Trajan, who has received the last intelligence or advice offered by his lieutenants, gives the signal for putting his army into motion.

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