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A historical past of existence in a hundred Fossils showcases a hundred key fossils that jointly illustrate the evolution of existence in the world. Iconic specimens were chosen from the popular collections of the 2 most excellent traditional historical past museums on the earth, the Smithsonian establishment, Washington, and the normal historical past Museum, London. The fossils were selected not just for his or her significance within the background of existence, but in addition as a result of visible tale they inform. This wonderful ebook is ideal for all readers simply because its transparent causes and lovely images light up the importance of those striking items, together with 500 million-year-old Burgess Shale fossils that supply a window into early animal existence within the sea, bugs encapsulated by means of amber, the 1st fossil fowl Archaeopteryx, and the continues to be of our personal ancestors.

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Mattingly 1923–62, Marcus 881. Copyright Trustees of the British Museum. seen on posthumous coinage (fig. 3), an altar and an enclosure in stone masonry. The key question is, of course, to whom did these altars belong? Whose consecrations did they mark? 27 Central to answering this question is the Column of Antoninus Pius (fig. 4). The granite column, fifty feet tall and topped by a statue of the deceased Pius, was mounted atop a massive base formed from a solid block of marble. ”28 Two of the sculpted sides depict images of one of the central rituals of the imperial public funeral: the decursio, a procession by riders around the pyre (although in this case a group of soldiers is shown at the center of the procession).

An argument could be made on this basis that the Victoria scene might have been conceived of by the designers of the column as representing the German victory of 172, won when Marcus was in the field and followed immediately by campaigns against the Sarmatians. However, there are none of the sort of images that we might expect to find associated with such an event: defeated Germans being led DATE & PURPOSE OF THE COLUMN · 27 off into captivity, their houses destroyed, etc. Again, the best interpretation of this scene, along with the Danube Crossing, is that it is positioned here mainly because it was also present in the same spot on Trajan’s Column.

40 There is no compelling reason to expect that there is any more than one more altar— Sabina’s—waiting to be found in the Campus. 41 The resulting “apotheosis landscape” would have constituted a religious center to rival the Capitol. But evidence for this is lacking. Certainly the three altars, together with Pius’s column, formed an apotheosis landscape of sorts. It was, however, a relatively small, focused, and short-lived one.

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