Thursday, June 25, 2015


I'm not sure why this image appealed to me. I suppose its the condition and workmanship. Assuming it was carved at the time the Emperor ruled, it survived innumerable cataclysms, from the Roman Civil wars, the sacking of Rome, the collapse, the disintegration of the Empire, the decay of the Roman cities, the hundreds of small wars between rival local powers, the Normans, the Spanish conquest, the Religious wars, the revolutions, unification, World War 1, and World War II.

That's a pretty good run.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Aurelius Antoninus Pius Divus, Roman Emperor from 138 to 161 CE, adopted son of Hadrian.

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