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from Castlecary, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Altar.
© National Museums Scotland


This stone altar was found at the site of the Roman fort at Castlecary in Stirlingshire. It was erected between 140 and 190 AD to Mercury, the god of travel, trade and commerce, who was a particular favourite of Roman soldiers.

The inscription translates as: 'To the god Mercury, soldiers of the 6th Legion, Victorious, Dutiful and Loyal set up this shrine and statuette, citizens of Italy and Noricum, gladly, willingly and deservedly fulfilled their vow.'

An altar was a public sign of a Roman's beliefs. On each, the donor's name as well as the god's was recorded. Offerings were made in the hollow on the top. Wine was often poured onto the altar.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-684-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FV 32
Date: Between 140 and 190 AD
Material: Stone; inscribed
Dimensions: 520 mm H x 190 mm L x 240 mm W
Where: Scotland, Dunbartonshire, Cumbernauld, Castlecary
Description: Altar dedicated to Mercury, from Castlecary
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