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The Lightning And Rain Miracles

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The weather miracles that happened during the northern campaigns of Marcus Aurelius did not become famous by chance, even in antiquity. The previous chapters contain an overview of the sources and the history of research into these events. This chapter summarises the events themselves, scrutinizing the primary sources. Marcus described both miracles, rain and lightning, in the original letter; in the first case, the besieged Roman camp was saved by a lightning bolt, whereas later the surrounded and thirsty Roman army was rescued by a heavy shower that struck the enemy. The person of Marcus was highlighted by his personal presence at the lightning miracle and this was confirmed through the subsequent cultic action he led, the consecration of the place where the lightning had struck. It is not by chance that the story of the lightning miracle disappeared almost without a trace from the ancient source.

Keywords: lightning miracle; Marcus Aurelius; rain miracle



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