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Scene 95
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 97

Scenes of the spiral band running up the shaft

 p172  XCVI. Additional fortifications

Great additions are made to this station by Trajan. At a small distance another permanent fortification is being built up. It is in several detached portions or divisions, each enclosed in a separate wall. Two on the right hand appear to touch each other. One contains the praetorian quarters and tents. It is defended by battlemented walls, and the entrances are placed in a semicircular recessed wall.36

The gate being at one of the points of junction of the semicircular wall with the line of fortifications, so that it can be assaulted only by the number of men that the space occupied by the recess can hold. Two signa are planted in the praetorian enclosure.

In the second division of these fortifications are carts laden with casks. The carts are on two wheels, the bodies of the carts shallow and balanced above the axletrees. Men are felling timber, and laying the masonry of this part of the fort, and guards belonging to the same class of troops told off for that duty are mounting guard over the armour and arms, and protecting the working parties.

The Author's Note:

36 See p56 of the introduction.

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