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Barbarians Worshipped Meteorites in Pagan Temple

Barbarians Worshipped Meteorites in Pagan Temple

“Excavations by M. Gauckler in the ancient city Carthage, underneath Roman house dating to the time of Constantine, have revealed a pagan temple. In a remote corner of the hall there was found fastened against the wall a large slab of white marble bearing a dedication to Jupiter Ammon, identified with the sylvan god whom the barbarians adore. At the foot of this dedication was a white marble head of a votive bull carrying between its horns a crescent with an inscription dedicated to Saturn, and a score of granite baetyls [sacred meteoritic ] and stone balls of a votive character.”



American, September 1899


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