Marcus Aurelius Bronze
Aurelius - Gilded Bronze Equestrian Statue.
Capitoline Hill. circa A.D. 161-180. Statue was placed in the Campidoglio by Michelangelo in the
Marcus Aurelius was
very hostile to Christianity and persecuted the Christians heavily,
considering them a threat to the established order of the empire.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus became
the Emperor of Rome in 161 A.D. He was a man who truly wanted peace
within the Roman Empire, but in order to accomplish this he had to
spend most of his entire reign protecting the borders of the Empire.
He was forced to wage war with the Parthians from 161 A.D. until 165
A.D., and his campaign was very successful. The downside was that
his soldiers brought back with them a killer plague which swept
through the entire Empire and killed thousands of Romans. This was
not the only disaster during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, there
were earthquakes, floods, and much famine. From 167 A.D. to 180 A.D.
there was continual fighting in the north along the Danube River
border. So much money had been spent on these wars that Marcus
Aurelius had to hold a personal auction for his own possessions in
the Forum, which he later bought back. There is much revealed about
his character in his work called "Meditations" in literary history,
but called by him "To Himself". During childhood he studied
literature, drama, philosophy, music, science, mathematics, and
oratory from the greatest teachers throughout the empire. By the
time he was 12 years old he favored Stoicism. He considers himself
sincere, honest, and a "citizen of the world" struggling with
problems like life-and-death.
Marcus Aurelius was very hostile to
Christianity and persecuted the Christians heavily, considering them
a threat to the established order of the empire. He was a very
devoted Emperor paying careful attention to internal administration,
taxation, and the legal system. He was the last of the "five good
emperors" although he was blinded to the failures of his son,
Commodus, who he made co-Emperor in 177 A.D. In 180 A.D. Marcus
Aurelius died of the plague and the throne went to his unworthy son
A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of
the field." Isa. 40:6
Marcus Aurelius - Upon the death of Ceionius Commodus, the emperor Hadrian turned his attention towards Marcus Aurelius; but he being
then too young for an early assumption ...
Marcus Aurelius - Bronze Equestrian Statue - Bronze Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius placed in the Campidoglio by Michelangelo in the 16th century AD.
Pius - He died in 161 A.D., and was succeeded by Marcus Aurelius. His memory was so greatly venerated that five of his successors a
ssumed the name of Antoninus.
Commodus - Commodus in Roman Biography Com'mo-dus, [Fr. Commode, ko'mod',] (Lucius / Ei.ius Aurelius,) a Roman emperor, born in 161 A.D.
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ties Marcus Aurelius.
Gordianus - Born Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus, he was ... Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius through her father
Claudius Gothicus - Born Marcus Aurelius Claudius, he was Roman Emperor ruling from 268 to 270. Claudius Gothicus in Roman Biography Claud
ius, (Marcus Aurklius,) surnamed ...
Carus - People - Ancient Rome: Carus Born Marcus Aurelius Carus, he was Roman Emperor ruling from 282 to 283. Carus in Harpers Dictionary of Classical
The Bible mentions a lot regarding Rome:
- And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of
good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so
must thou bear witness also at Rome.
4:22 - The Lord Jesus Christ [be] with thy spirit. Grace
[be] with you. Amen. <[The second [epistle] unto Timotheus, ordained
the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from
Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second
- And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come
from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had
commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto
Colossians 4:18 - The salutation by the hand of me Paul.
Remember my bonds. Grace [be] with you. Amen. <[Written from
Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.]>
6:24 - Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus
Christ in sincerity. Amen. <[To [the] Ephesians written from
Rome, by Tychicus.]>
1:25 - The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your
spirit. Amen. <[Written from Rome to Philemon, by
Onesimus a servant.]>
- Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about
Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
- After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when
he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem,
saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
- And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered
the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to
dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
- To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to
be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord
6:18 - Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be]
with your spirit. Amen. <[To [the] Galatians written from Rome.]>
Philippians 4:23 - The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be]
with you all. Amen. <[To [the] Philippians written from Rome,
- Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven
days: and so we went toward Rome.
- So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you
that are at Rome also.
1:17 - But, when he was in Rome, he sought me
out very diligently, and found [me].
fullness of time came, God brought forth His Son, born of a
woman, born under the law." (Gal 4:4)
The Roman road was the bloodstream of the
empire. Merchants paid taxes to Rome on all their
transactions, and they needed the roads to carry their goods
to an ever-widening market. Legionnaires marched upon them
swiftly gaining efficient access to battle. In a sense, the
roads were funding and facilitating Roman expansion.
Yet God had a higher purpose. A new kind of merchant would
soon be traversing the entire Mediterranean area, not one
who transports his treasure to the city marketplace, but one
who is a treasure, and who carries true riches, - not to
sell, but to give away freely. The transforming good news of
Godís forgiveness through Jesus the Messiah was imbedded
into the hearts of the Apostles and early believers, and God
prepared those roads for them to walk upon and lead others
into His path.
A new kind of soldier would be running these well built
thoroughfares to fight, - not flesh and blood, but a
spiritual warfare that would liberate entire civilizations
from the bondage of Satanís tyrannical oppression and
coercion, to a Kingdom ruled by love, service and willing
Throughout history Ďthe roadí has provided an excellent
metaphor for lifeí
s journey. With amazement, we can look back over the winding
grades of difficulty, the narrow pass of opportunity, the
choice between security or adventure, when our road divided
and we had to make the call.
Yes, all roads led to Rome, specifically the Forum, in the
ancient empire of old, where an Emperor judged the players
in the arena for their conduct before him. Our personal road
will eventually and inevitably cease at the throne of
Almighty God. It is He who must judge our travel upon this
earth, in the blinding glory of His eternal justice.
Compelled by His love, He placed sinís damning penalty upon
His Own Son, instead of us, so that we could freely receive
the "thumbs up!" from Him who loves us beyond all measure.