Marcus Aurelius - Tulln an der Donau, Austria
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Quick Description: Bronze equestrian statue of the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (121-180) on the south bank of Danube river in Tulln reminds presence of Roman's military units on the Danube-border in these times.
Location: Niederösterreich, Austria
Date Posted: 8/5/2016 7:27:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMRV1P
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member condor1
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Long Description:
The bronze statue of the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, on the south bank of Danube river was erected here in 2001 and its author is Mikhail Nogin. It is located near the local Roman Museum and near excavations of the Ancient Roman structures in Tulln. The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius reminds the presence of the Roman cavalry fort Comagena built in the 1st century AD. The statue is actually exact 1:1 copy of the famous equestrain statue of Marcus Aurelius located on the Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), Rome. Actually, this statue is also the copy of the original statue erected in 176 AD there and currently deposited in Palazzo dei Conservatori of the Musei Capitolini. Tulln's statue is located on about 3 meters high granite pedestal.


Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180) was one of the great 5 Roman Emperors. He is widely regarded to be the model for a just Roman ruler. He combined statesmanship with a profound interest in stoic philosophy. His meditations reflect his thoughts on self enquiry and self-improvement.

Marcus was born into an aristocratic family with strong ties to the Emperor. In 138, he was hand picked by Hadrian to be his successor. He was educated in the classical Latin and Greek texts of the day. He also became fascinated with Stoic philosophy and the writings of Epictetus. Epictetus was a former slave instrumental in developing stoic philosophy and the philosophy of calm detachment to the vagaries of life.

In 161, Hadrian died and Marcus Aurelius could have legitimately seized power. However, he decided to govern jointly with Lucius Verus being made joint emperor in the East.

On a domestic front, Marcus generally implemented more progressive policies for the marginalised of society – slaves and women.

At the time, Rome was constantly under attack from enemies in Germany and the Partian Empire in Syria. Much of Marcus Aurelius’ meditations were written against the backdrop of war and death. He frequently pointed out the transitory nature of life and the importance of not fearing death.

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Identity of Rider: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD)

Name of artist: Mikhail Nogin

Date of Dedication: 2001

Material: Bronze

Unusual Features: 1:1 copy of an ancient Roman statue located in the Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), Rome, Italy

Position: One Hoof Raised

Identity of Horse: Not listed

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