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Eagle rises again

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annis
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Eagle rises again

Postby annis » Thu October 31st, 2013, 2:16 am

Uncovered during excavations in London, a rare Romano-British funerary stone statue of an eagle defeating a snake has been found still intact in the ditch where it was thrown 200O years ago.

Full story here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10411832/Exceptionally-rare-Roman-statue-unearthed-in-City-of-London-building-site.html

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Postby Carla » Sun November 3rd, 2013, 5:48 pm

I saw that - isn't it a marvellous sculpture? Apparently it was so well-preserved that at first the archaeologists thought it might be a Victorian garden ornament :-)

Interesting that apparently the snake has a mouth full of sharp teeth, which real snakes don't have. The sculptor would probably have seen snakes; adders are common enough in Brtain. I wonder if the snake was a symbol for something. If it was, the eagle seems to be getting the best of it :-)
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Postby DianeL » Mon November 4th, 2013, 12:02 am

annis, very interesting; Carla, it is beautiful isn't it? :)
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