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MANDA - Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo - Villa Frigerj verified

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The Capestrano Warrior
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Hercules Curino
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Heracles Epitrapezios
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Stole statue of Foruli
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Statue of a discophore with head portrait by Foruli
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Statue of a military figure from Foruli
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Zeus
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Portrait from Alba Fucens
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Portrait of a Man from Alba Fucens
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Standing mummiform Osiris
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Three-disk armor
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Bronze fibula
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Sandals of Campovalano
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Cooking pan
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Olla
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Ring
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Tablets patron gods Amiternum
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Bronze altar
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Antefissa (n. 2)
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Antefissa (n. 1)
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Face
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The Capestrano Warrior
Hercules Curino
Heracles Epitrapezios
Stole statue of Foruli
Statue of a discophore with head portrait by Foruli
Statue of a military figure from Foruli
Zeus
Portrait from Alba Fucens
Portrait of a Man from Alba Fucens
Standing mummiform Osiris
Three-disk armor
Bronze fibula
Sandals of Campovalano
Cooking pan
Olla
Ring
Tablets patron gods Amiternum
Bronze altar
Antefissa (n. 2)
Antefissa (n. 1)
Face
Untitled

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Description

This bronze altar (ara in Latin) was formed by a core, not preserved, made of wood or concrete, with the sides covered with squared, mould bronze sheets. The core was originally placed on a stone block, still on site, in front of the temple of Hercules, which is decorated with a mosaic floor and wall paintings.
On the front side of the altar there is a dedicatory inscriptionleft by a veteran recalled to duty: C. SEPTIMIUS / POPILIANVS / EVOC(ATVS) AVG(USTI) / V(OTVM) S(OLVIT). On the right side there is an applied patera (cup) on relief, while on the left there is an urceus (jug), only partially preserved.
The pulvino is embellished on the front by decorations made of bronze sheets, applied symmetrically.
Bronze altars represent a very rare and precious votive offerin sanctuaries during Roman times.
This altar was found on the upper terrace of the sanctuary of Hercules in 1959 and its extraordinary state of preservation can be considered unique in its kind.

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