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Jupiter Dolichenus; A Brief Summary
Topic Started: Feb 28 2010, 12:29 PM (637 Views)
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Eric

You appear to have some rudimentary ESP, as I was this morning thinking about the Jupiter Dolichenus shrine and mentally composing a post.

Andy, or "those what knows", I have been wondering about the Jupiter Doli shrine uncovered last season. The altar stone had been tipped over, but any guess as to when? Any helpful stratification right underneath for instance?

Per the preceding article, J-Dol had been out of favor for a century or more in the time period we were excavating last seaon. Was the altar stone tipped early on and made into part of a later floor or wall?

The romans were pretty tolerant blokes, but would a standing pagan altar have been offensive to the later, presumably Christian garrison? Or to the still later, postulated monastic community? I have seen places in Egypt where pagan images have been systematically chiseled off of monuments, although this seems less done in the West.

Since this is a great hulking block of stone it seems unlikely that even the vile Northumbrian weather would have put it over.

So, best guess, when was the Fall of Dolichenus?


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Although the Chesters Dolichenus altar is currently free standing, I found a source that says it was incorporated into a wall when it was first discovered in the 1890s.
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Chesters, Greatchesters, Chesterholm....

a degree of confusions sometimes slips in.

I shall await the wisdom of the dons.

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