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Author Topic: The Cult of the Matronae in the Roman Rhineland: An Historical Evaluation of the Archaeological Evidence  (Read 4327 times) Average Rating: 0
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Title: The Cult of the Matronae in the Roman Rhineland: An Historical Evaluation of the Archaeological Evidence
Author(s): Alex G. Garman
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0773452249
ISBN-13: 9780773452244
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
A classicist visiting the German Rhineland has ample opportunity to inspect Roman remains, from the limes Germanicus (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to popular sites such as Xanten or Trier. If he goes to any of the many excellent local museums such as the Rheinisches LandesMuseum in Bonn or the Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Köln (Cologne) and investigates the sections devoted to religion, he will find all of the usual suspects, from Jupiter to Isis. However, he will likely also see inscriptions and altars dedicated to a cult of three women known as the matronae or "matrons." When depicted, they are seated, relatively young, holding cornucopiae or plants or fruits, and two of them often have large bonnets that look at first glance like enormous beehive hairstyles. The visitor should not be surprised, however, if he has never heard of them, since they have left not so much as a trace in the literary record, despite over a thousand inscriptions and altars dedicated to them at several sites in northern Italy and particularly the Rhineland. Evidence for this cult in the Roman province of Germania inferior (the lower Rhine, including Nordrhein-Westfalen) has been collected and analyzed in this short and interesting book by Alex Garman.

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Examines the cult of the Matronae as it occurred in the Roman Rhineland and explains the symbolism and inscriptions found on the altars. This work reviews scholarship on the subject, investigates ideas of Romanization and concepts of bias and cultural exchange.

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