How the new Wall gods came to be: the case of the Veteres (reblog)

There are some intriguing deities on Hadrian’s Wall. Some might have been ‘born’ or ‘re-born’ when incomers from foreign lands, trying to make sense of their new situation, created brand new ‘gods of place’. The enigmatic Veteres are possible candidates here. 61 altars to a god called Veteris (or to gods called the Veteres) have been found in Britain, with the great majority coming from the wall zone, including 13 from Carvoran and 11 from Vindolanda.

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2 thoughts on “How the new Wall gods came to be: the case of the Veteres (reblog)

  1. ceridwensilverhart

    Fascinating! I didn’t know that no sculptures of deities with human forms existed in Celtic territories before the Roman invasion. I knew important Celtic lore was never preserved in writing during that time, but I had assumed there were some images. It does make sense, however, that if the arrival of the Romans shifted the very image of deities, it likely created new ones as well.

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