Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Roman Symbol of the Dolphins

Charlotte R. Long wrote in her book The Twelve Gods of Greece and Rome (p. 295) that the 1st century C.E. Altar, found in Gabii in 1793 by Gavin Hamilton shows the twelve heads of the Roman gods in relation to the zodiac signs relieves that run along the side of the cylinder along with their symbols. Neptun rules Pisces and his symbol are the Dolphins (seen on the right, swimming one above the other).

I copied this picture from Wikimedia Commons. It was Uploaded by Jastrow (2006) entry: Image:Altar twelve gods Louvre Ma666.jpg

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