Although often writing under a nom de plume my legal - if perhaps not True - identity is Tim Wolter. I'm retired from medicine and enjoying travel, family and teaching.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Beseeching an Unknown God
A household altar found recently at Vindolanda.
No inscription, just the odd serpent figure and what look like two mountains. Or was it the letter M? To what deity was this devoted?
Don't laugh too hard at that last one....there is a known inscription from Vindolanda dedicated to "DEO MOGUNDI" which is pretty close. And for that matter there are also two prior known inscriptions to "The Mother Goddess" DEABUS SVIS MATRIBUS. Which is probably what Madonna considers herself to be.
The wise heads of the Vindolanda Trust are pondering this artifact, and will no doubt offer up the official word in the excavation off season. In the meantime a suggestion from one of the excavators that perhaps this was a practice piece for someone learning the stone carvers trade has something to recommend it.
Photo from the WeDigvindolanda site linked on the sidebar. Worth an occasional visit for those with an interest in such things.