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Scene 67
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 69

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p155  LXVIII. The column reaches another colony

In front of the legionaries march a body of men, officers perhaps, who hold lances, but have no shields or cuirasses. Immediately in front of these persons are the cavalry. They have saddles of rich stuff and clothes under, and the  p156 shields are carried flat against the flank of the horse under the saddlecloths, and are kept in place by the legs of the riders.34

Buildings in the background indicate the approach to a colony with a town and fortifications.

The Author's Note:

34 The Nubian hunters of the Upper Nile described by Sir Samuel Baker, who attack the elephant with the sword only, carry their weapons, which are of excessive sharpness, between the thigh and the horse in this fashion.

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