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The Dating Of The Scenes On The Column Of Marcus Aurelius

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Based on written sources, the years A.D. 173-174 can be considered as the time of the two miracles. This, however, is by no means confirmed by the internal chronological order of the depictions on the column. Up to now some of the most debated research questions about the column are which periods of the war(s) the 116 scenes depict, whether the individual scenes follow each other in chronological order. The author explains that Marcus' Column only depicts the events of the first war, that military operations against the Marcomanni were definitely included, but the starting year for the scenes of the column could be 171 or 172. The origin of the rain miracle story can be dated to 174 because of Xiphilinus' mistake, but the event really occurred during the summer of 171.

Keywords: Cassius Dio; column of Marcus Aurelius; dating of scenes; Marcomanni; rain miracle



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