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Head of Marcus Aurelius from Petra


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 February 2019
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Marble portrait of the Roman Emperor who reigned from 161 to 180 CE. His statues were raised in cities across the Roman Empire; this head was found in the exedra of Qasr al-Bint Temple at Petra. An inscription reveals that it was set there by the governor of Provincia Arabia, Publius Iulius Geminius Marcianus. A second portrait in the same exedra is of co-regent Lucius Verus (who died in 169 CE). Roman period, 166-169 CE. From Qar al-Bint Temple, Petra, Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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