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Altar
Room 2



Archaeology

Anonymous

Altar

Place of execution unknown
Roman, after the reign of Hadrian (117 - 138 AD)
Local grey siliceous clay
71 x 35 x 28 cm
From the sanctuary of El Coll in Susqueda (Selva)
MEV 16494

The top and the right-hand side of the altar are damaged although part of the cornice on the left-hand side is preserved. The coarse writing uses archaic lettering. The deity to whom the altar is dedicated is part of the Celtic tradition although the 'cognomina' of the authors are quite Romanized, something that confirms for us the survival of pre-Roman deities and the association with others typical of Roman religiosity at the height of the Imperial period. The spread of Latin took place along with the expansion of Rome; as it conquered new territories, Latin spread from the Latium, first to the neighbouring towns and then towards the furthest parts of the Empire. Although we know Latin through literary sources, other manifestations of Latin writing are inscriptions, legends on coins and graffiti. At the end of the 1st century BC Iberian inscriptions began disappearing to make way for the generalisation of the Latin language and writing.


Room 2
Floor -1
1 History of the Museum
2 Archaelogy
3 Lapidary