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Posted 28 July 2009 - 10:13 AM

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A huge ornately carved stone altar has been unearthed during excavations at a Roman fort in England. The relic weighs in at some 1.5 tons, is four foot high and appears to be dedicated to an eastern cult deity.

"A massive altar dedicated to an eastern cult deity has emerged during excavations of a Roman fort in northern England. Weighing 1.5 tons, the four-foot high ornately carved stone relic, was unearthed at the Roman fort of Vindolanda, which was built by order of the Emperor Hadrian between 122-30 A.D. "

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 10:48 AM

I'm confused... what's mysterious about it? It seems to be recognized as a alter dedicated to a Jupiter diety.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:37 PM

It is a rare find.  I would love to have a copy of it for my yard.  That would be so cool.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 03:57 PM

View PostDarkwind, on Jul 28 2009, 05:37 AM, said:

It is a rare find.  I would love to have a copy of it for my yard.  That would be so cool.


That is pretty cool looking................ :tu:

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:21 PM

Roman troops erected altars to Cybele and other Eastern Mediterranean deities all over Southern Britain. Many of them still exist. So where does the "mystery" come in?


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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:25 PM

View PostDarkwind, on Jul 28 2009, 01:37 PM, said:

I would love to have a copy of it for my yard.  That would be so cool.

     Yes? Just wait until the copies of the old Roman priests show up at 3 a. m. and drag you screaming off to it. :D


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:37 PM

Looks like an altar Mithra, to me.


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:07 PM

View Posthammerclaw, on 14 July 2012 - 08:37 PM, said:

Looks like an altar Mithra, to me.
Seems to have been put to rest fairly definitely three years ago when the article and thread were put up.:

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Romans called this god Juppiter Dolichenus, but it was originally an ancient weather god, known to the Semitic peoples of the Middle East as Hadad and to the Hittites as Teshab.
It was in its war-like representation that the Anatolian god Juppiter of Doliche became a favorite deity among Roman soldiers.
Indeed, an inscription indicates that the altar was dedicated to the Dolichenus god by "Sulpicius Pudens, prefect of the Fourth Cohort of Gauls."


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