Roman Altar Found In Doncaster

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Roman Altar

From The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 363, Saturday, March 28, 1829

Roman Altar Found In Doncaster

To the Editor of the Mirror

Enclosed I send you a drawing of a Roman votive altar, which was found in digging a cellar about six feet deep, in St. Sepulchre's Gate, Doncaster, in the year 1781. It is the oldest relic of antiquity which Doncaster has yet produced, and is of exquisite engraving and workmanship. Upon the capital, or top of the stone, a small space above the sculpture of the altar itself, is a crater or flowing bowl*, sacred to Bacchus, the god of wine; on the dexter, or right side of the altar, is a flower-pot, or cornucopi�, with five branches in it, loaded with leaves and fruit, sacred to Ceres, or Terra-Mater, the goddess of plants; and on the sinister, or left side thereof, is a large jug or pitcher with a large handle, also sacred to Bacchus. It is about 2 feet 6-1/2 inches in height, and 1 foot in breadth at the base. The corporation employed a Mr. Richard John Tetlow, of Ferrybridge, a celebrated antiquary, to interpret the inscription, and give them his opinion on its age. They also sent it to the Antiquarian Society in London for inspection.

*If not a flowing bowl, then it is the shield of Diana.

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