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South Shields vicus, Roman altar

South Shields


Religion or Ritual

Religious Structural Object




Altar, 24 inches x 50 inches, found before 1672 "upon the banks of the Tine" at South Shields. On the back of the altar is a vase with stylized flowers; on the left side an axe and knife; on the right jug and patera. Its inscription reads: Dis Conseruato/rib(us) pro salu(te) / imp(eratoris) C(aesaris) M(arci) Aurel(i)/ Antonini / Aug(usti) Brit(annici) Max(imi) / ((et imp(eratoris) C(aesaris) P(ubli) Sep(timi) / Getae Aug(usti) Brit(annici) /...))rens / ob reditu(m) / u(otum) s(oluit); To the gods the Preservers for the welfare of the Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, Most Great Conqueror of Britain, ((and of the Emperor Caesar Publius Septimius Geta Augustus, conqueror of Britain)),... for their return fulfilled the vow.




<< HER 893 >> R.G. Collingwood, 1923, An Altar from South Shields, now at Oxford, Archaeologia Aeliana, 3, XX, 55-62 R.G. Collingwood & R.P. Wright, 1965, The Roman Inscriptions of Britain, 1054 E.J. Phillips, 1977, Great Britain, Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani, Vol. I Fasc. I no. 182 P.T. Bidwell, 1988, The Civilian Settlement...of the Roman Fort at South Shields, No. 36

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