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Marcus Aurelius’ rain miracle and the Marcomannic wars

Peter Kovacs


The longest war of the Roman imperial period is the war Marcus Aurelius waged with the northern German and Sarmatian tribes. The best-known events of these wars were the lightning and rain miracles. Divine intervention saved the Roman troops who were surrounded by the Germans and suffering from a water shortage, by means of a lightning and rain miracle. Thunderbolts struck the enemy while the rain soothed the Romans' suffering. Several pagan and Christian versions of the miracle existed already in Antiquity. Peter Kovacs examines these events and their sources in detail. The most important source is the Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome. The scenes of the column depict the miracles as well and therefore it was studied separately. The author also sketches the history of the Marcomannic wars, fie publishes all the sources of the miracles and examines the development of the legend from Antiquity to the 14th century.
PETER KOVACS, Ph.D. (1969) in Archaeology, University of Budapest, is associate, professor at Pazmany Peter Catholic University. He has published extensively on history and epigraphy of Pannonia and sources of the province. He is the editor of the series Fontеs Pannoniae Antiquae (I-IV (2003-2007)) and Tituli Romani in Hungaria reperti (Bonn 2005).
Сведения об издании: 
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009. - XV, 301 p.
Тематическое подразделение: 
Исторические науки