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The Column Of Marcus Aurelius

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One of the most important sources for interpreting the northern wars of Marcus Aurelius is the triumphal column standing in Rome on the Campus Martius near the via Lata, erected in remembrance of the wars and the ruler. Wegner observed that different masters worked on the four different sides of the column and they started to carve the individual scenes from the bottom to the top (e.g., the windows disturbed the scenes on the lower sections much more than further up). Frontality was much more in the foreground than on Trajan's column. Marcus' column does indeed imitate Trajan's Column in size, exterior, and function. In spite of these similarities Marcus' Column differs from Trajan's not only in style, but in its message. On Marcus' Column the main emphasis is on the destruction of the enemy. Dacians appear as equal opponents on many points of Trajan's Column.

Keywords: frontality; Marcus Aurelius; Marcus' column; Trajan's Column; Wegner



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