Altar to Epona

Most of you reading this will know how dear to my heart Epona is and has been for many years.  While she is best known from inscriptions across Gaul there is one that was found in Scotland at Auchendavy which was once a fort along the Antonine Wall.

Last weekend I got the chance to visit the re-opened Hunterian museum at the University of Glasgow and the new permanent exhibition on the Antonine Wall: Rome’s Final Frontier.  The exhibition includes a set of five altars each dedicated to a different deity/being or group of beings and all commissioned by the same individual, Marcus Cocceius Firmus, centurion of the Second Augustan Legion.  One of those is the one that includes Epona and next to it is one dedicated to the Spirit of Britain.

I was simply overjoyed to see these altars and I expect I’ll be going back many times to visit them.

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