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The Rain Miracle

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In the ancient and medieval sources on Marcus Aurelius' Marcomannic-Sarmatian wars, one event, or rather, two events, were of the utmost significance. During the first war (between A.D. 169 and 175), divine intervention - a lightning and rain miracle - saved the Roman troops, surrounded by the Quadi and suffering from a water shortage. This book discusses the earliest and most accurate source, the scenes on Marcus' Column. The commentary on the written sources in chronological order is an exceedingly important for following the traditions of scholarship. It also gives a summary dealing with the late tradition of the miracle. The book deals with the coin depictions that are associated mistakenly with the events and it also discusses the question of the forged letter of Marcus Aurelius. It attempts to reconstruct the actual events in a summary, and then it discusses further the dating of the scenes on Marcus' Column.

Keywords: coin depictions; divine intervention; Marcomannic-Sarmatian wars; Marcus Aurelius; Marcus' Column; Quadi; rain miracle; Roman troops



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