Altar dedicated to Cybele and Attis
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Altar dedicated to Cybele and Attis

Rome, St Peter's Square
374 AD
cat. 9937

The shrine of the Phrygian goddess Cybele, from which numerous inscribed altars come, was situated in an unidentified place near the Vatican Basilica. It had to be closed following the measures taken by the emperor Theodosius against pagan cults in 391 and 392. Among the numerous inscribed altars found there is this altar dedicated to Cybele and Attis, with the sacred pine of Attis, a bull and a ram, a souvenir of the sacrifices made, together with various cult objects. The precise date of its dedication is inscribed on it: 19 July 374 AD.