Altar Fragment to Jupiter Dolichenus, Birrens

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 23 November 2015

Roman soldiers, when they came to Scotland, brought their own gods and goddesses from their local areas. Exotic cults were easily adopted too, such as that developed to Jupiter Dolichenus (a mixture of Roman Jupiter and a Syrian sky god) who was very popular with soldiers. The inscriptions on this altar read "Sacred to Jupiter Dolichenus, best and greatest, Magunna, fulfilled her vow." From Birrens, Scotland, late 1st to mid-2nd century CE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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