A sketch of a Britannic god
|Sketch of a Roman era Britannic god, Durham University, 20/03/2015.|
"Horned god on this stone is believed to be a native to the North East. The stone was found at Brennenium (High Rochester) Roman fort."I love the roughness of the sculpture, lacking in any refinement of technique. It speaks not just to the situation of those living on the furthest Northern reaches of the Roman empire, but also of non-elite participation in cultic activity, and of the integration if not assimilation of local traditional religious practices and beliefs under Roman rule. It attests the continuance of pre-Roman beliefs, and is likely the only surviving testament to this god's existence. We'll likely never know his name.