Garden Statuette of Silvanus

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 31 October 2017

This statuette of the Roman god Silvanus dates from the 1st century CE, and it is made from marble. In ancient times, the garden represented a tamed space -- a small-scale version of nature. Its fertility and abundance spoiled over into the rest of the house, and was guarded and stimulated by gods like Silvanus, protector of forests and their bounty. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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