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Scene 84
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 86

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p165  LXXXV. Provisioning a station

A fortified camp or station of considerable extent is seen on the rocks in the foreground and running round the heights in irregular form. Tents are seen within. Inside the praetorian quarters, the nearest portion, a figure, Trajan or a praetorian officer, gives orders to two cornicines who sound accordingly. The men are ordered out to forage. They are seen outside cutting wheat in the fields with sickles, and carrying it in sheaves on their shoulders. One man within the praetorian quarters starts out armed with his dagger or sword for this purpose. Other men take out and pasture the mules. The mules are bridled and have a strap down the front of the nose joining the nose band with the forehead piece. A soldier is beating one of them. Another soldier is jamming back the bit in a mule's mouth, and the animal raises its head to the utmost reach of the neck to get out of reach of such punishment.

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