Thursday, May 10, 2012

Altar for the gladiators' Genius

This small, elegant altar is on display in Landesmuseum Trier or Colonia Augusta Treverorum. It is very special because it is erected in honor of the Genius of the gladiators in the city.

It says: In h(onorem) d(omus) d(ivinae) / genio arena / riorum con / sistentium / Col(onia) Aug(usta) Tre(verorum) / Axsillius Av / itus sive Sa / cruna / d(onum) d(dedit).

Or: To honor the divine house of the Emperor has Axsillius Avitus, also called "Sacruna", erected this altar for the Genius of the gladiators of Augusta Treverorum.

Second half, third century AD. Limestone.

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