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Champ de Mars.Relief. Double sacrifice to Mars.

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Champ de Mars.Relief. Double sacrifice to Mars.
1st c Roman Roman Imperial (Julio-Claudian) Sculpture

JULIO-CLAUDIAN Anonymous (active 14 - 68) Primary
c 48-60
1st c
Roman Imperial (Julio-Claudian)
Rome. Italy.
Paris. Louvre.
The native gods of Rome tended to be somewhat functional and their worship was also rather perfunctory. This is a relief from a 1st c. AD Roman altar, and it illustrates a sacrificial procession. As in many ancient religions, animals were sacrificed to the gods, and these animals are being taken to the altar where they will be offered up. The Romans believed in augury, a practice in which the intestines of the sacrificed animals were examined by the priests for portents of the future. This was essentially a state religion and the rituals were dedicated to the preservation and welfare of the state rather than to the salvation of individuals.

Caption: JULIO-CLAUDIAN | Relief. Double sacrifice to Mars. | After 48 | Roman | Roman Imperial

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