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The Column of Marcus Aurelius: The Genesis and Meaning of a Roman Imperial Monument

Martin Beckmann

Abstract

One of the most important monuments of Imperial Rome and at the same time one of the most poorly understood, the Column of Marcus Aurelius has long stood in the shadow of the Column of Trajan. This book makes a thorough study of the form, content, and meaning of this infrequently studied monument. The author employs a new approach to the column, one that focuses on the process of its creation and construction, to uncover the cultural significance of the column to the Romans of the late second century ad. Using clues from ancient sources and from the monument itself, this book traces the creati ... More

Keywords: Imperial Rome, Marcus Aurelius, Column of Trajan, Romans, relief decoration, Roman imperial art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834619
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877777_beckmann

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Beckmann, author