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Source Image: PR205_1_08_10 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman soldiers establishing a new camp.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBuildingLandscapeHorseWaggon  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

No evidence is available for this source.

Notes

This is complicated and slightly confusing scene which raises the question of whether the carvers were working from a scale drawing of the planned decoration. The fact that the soldiers unpacking the waggons and packhorses at the top are squeezed in while the soldier in the foreground to the right is given a lot of space might indicate that planning of the frieze was not fixed. As elsewhere the carvers appear to have been working flexibly, putting in what was needed, presumably according to a set of instructions, but not overly restricted by a fixed plan. There is also a further suggestion in this detail that work on the figures and the background was divided between different workers. The figure in the foreground on the right seems to have been given a platform to stand on which makes little structural sense, probably because the background carver had to put something beneath him.

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