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The Column of Marcus AureliusThe Genesis and Meaning of a Roman Imperial Monument$
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Martin Beckmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834619

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877777_beckmann

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The Column of Marcus Aurelius

Martin Beckmann

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that understanding the rationale behind the location of Adrastus's house is but one of the problems one faces when trying to reconstruct the ancient surroundings of the Column of Marcus Aurelius. Our understanding of the function of the column in its broad historical and political context depends in large part on an understanding of the meaning and use of the spaces and structures that surrounded it. Did the column stand in the open, or was it surrounded by other buildings? What sort of buildings? And what relationship, if any, did the column have with these structures? Rapid changes in this area of the Campus Martius during the second century ad make answering these questions a challenge. These changes did not involve new buildings alone: they also relate to the very substance of the Campus itself, for the ground level rose continuously throughout the early imperial period.

Keywords:   Adrastus's house, Marcus Aurelius, Campus Martius, new buildings, ground level, early imperial period

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