Sunday, November 2, 2008

Roman Altar

Among the finding of the Roman eara is an altar stone to the Syrian sun-god Elagabal from the mid-second century. It was found in the remains of a monumental building in the village near the fort discovered in May 2003.
It was erected by a soldier who may have been born somewhere along the Danube, but who may as well have been a native from the Low Countries.

It says:

For the good health of the emperor caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus
Antoninus Augustus Pius,
to the invincible sun Elagabal and Minerva
has Lucius Terentius
Bassus, standard bearer of the third
unit of Breuci [erected this altar].

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