Column of Marcus Aurelius

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Piazza Colonna, Rome, Italy
Column of Marcus Aurelius - Frieze depicting the war with the northern barbarians
Column of Marcus Aurelius - Column of Marcus Aurelius
Column of Marcus Aurelius - Piazza Colonna with the offices for the newspaper Il Tempo behind the column
Column of Marcus Aurelius - A base added by Pope Sixtus V during the 1589 restoration
Column of Marcus Aurelius - More of the frieze

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Column of Marcus Aurelius Mar 07, 2013
The Roman Emporer Marcus Aurelius waged a series of battles against invading tribes along the northern frontier beginning in 168. Fighting ended in 175 before flaring up again a few years later. Marcus died at the front in 180 in what is modern day Vienna. His son Commodus wrapped up the campaign and commissioned a triumphal arch that was completed circa 193.

Modelled after Trajan's Column, a continuous frieze circles the column depicting the events of the war. Originally a statue of Marcus stood on top but had vanished by the time Pope Sixtus V ordered a replacement statue of St. Paul erected in 1589. I spotted the column in the Piazza Colonna while walking down the Via del Corso on my way from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain. An interesting little piece of ancient Rome that has survived into modern times. I got a sore neck trying to follow the encircling frieze.
Column of Marcus Aurelius
Frieze depicting the war with the …
More of the frieze
A base added by Pope Sixtus V duri…
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spocklogic says:
Marcus Aurelius also wrote the 'Meditations', his personal reflections and thoughts in the Stoic Philosophy style. For an Emperor who waged so much war, Marcus Aurelius was quite the philosopher too : )
Posted on: Jun 01, 2013
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