Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-242) and index.
The date and purpose of the column -- The dust of northern warfare : choice of location -- Form & function -- Planning & construction -- The frieze : concept & draft -- Carving the frieze -- The frieze as history -- The frieze as art -- Viewing the column -- Epilogue : the columns of Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, and Arcadius.
Standing in the shadow of Trajan's Column, the Column of Marcus Aurelius has been little studied & poorly understood. Martin Beckmann explores the extensive frieze as a historical source & reconstructs the creative process behind it.
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