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Name of Object:

Parthian Monument: the adoption of the Emperors


Vienna, Austria

Holding Institution:

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities

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Date of Object:

After 169 AD

Inventory Number:

ANSA I 864

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Width 150 cm


During his reign, the Emperor Hadrian (figure right) adopted Antoninus Pius (centre left), who in turn adopted the 17-year-old Marcus Aurelius (left) and the eight-year-old Lucius Verus. A head stares from behind Hadrian’s left shoulder, presumably representing the guardian spirit of Aelius Verus, late father of Lucius. A bull is being offered to the gods as a sacrifice.

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MWNF Working Number: AT 020

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