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The Column of Marcus Aurelius - (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) by Martin Beckmann

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Number of Pages: 248

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Ancient

Series Title: Studies in the History of Greece and Rome

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Book theme: Rome

Author: Martin Beckmann

Language: English

Street Date: June 27, 2011
TCIN: 78568882
UPC: 9780807834619
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-9638

Description

One of the most important monuments of Imperial Rome and at the same time one of the most poorly understood, the Column of Marcus Aurelius has long stood in the shadow of the Column of Trajan. In The Column of Marcus Aurelius, Martin Beckmann makes a thorough study of the form, content, and meaning of this infrequently studied monument. Beckmann employs a new approach to the column, one that focuses on the process of its creation and construction, to uncover the cultural significance of the column to the Romans of the late second century A.D. Using clues from ancient sources and from the monument itself, this book traces the creative process step by step from the first decision to build the monument through the processes of planning and construction to the final carving of the column's relief decoration. The conclusions challenge many of the widely held assumptions about the value of the column's 700-foot-long frieze as a historical source. By reconstructing the creative process of the column's sculpture, Beckmann opens up numerous new paths of analysis not only to the Column of Marcus Aurelius but also to Roman imperial art and architecture in general.

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