In the Middle Ages, the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius was incorrectly thought to portray the first Christian Emperor Constantine, so it was not melted down by Christians who considered such statues to be pagan idols. It is the only fully surviving bronze statue of a pre-Christian Roman emperor.

Mistaken Identity

Higgledy-Piggledy
Marcus Aurelius'
Statue in bronze on the
Capitoline,
Famous equestrian
Verdigrisiferous,
Slipped by the Christians as
Great Constantine.


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