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Gods and spirits in Roman Britain

Altar to Fortune

Height: 73.600 cm

P&EE 1836.8-5.1

Altar to Fortune

From: the legionary fortress at Deva (Chester)
Date: 2nd century AD

Roman families might worship at their household shrine or at an altar like this one in a temple. This one belonged to a Roman officer who had an incredibly long name. He was called Titus Pomponius Mamilianus Rufus Antistianus Funisulanus Vettonianus!

The altar is dedicated to Aesculapius, the great healer-god, to Salus, the goddess of health, and to Fortuna, the goddess who brought good luck. It is not clear why, but maybe Titus, or someone in his family, was ill.