ABSTRACT

A relief from Ephesus (Sel^uk) - now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum at Vienna - has been interpreted as depicting the imperial family in 138, between the adoption of Antoninus Pius and the death of Hadrian.1 It shows both Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. Although it has been variously interpreted, it does not, in fact, throw a great deal of light on the intended future relationship of the two men. No doubt the Ephesian authorities preferred to remain equivocal, biding their time in order to see what happened.