The Symmachi Panel

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published on 08 November 2017

The interest in ancient Roman religions continued for several decades after Christianity became the official religion of the empire. At the end of the 4th century CE, it was actively revived by senatorial families like the Symmachi, whose name can be found on this ivory panel. Carved with great beauty and elegance, this panel dates from c. 400 CE. It depicts a priestess or initiate performing a rite at a pagan altar. It was once part of a hinged diptych. (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)



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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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