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Rare Sealing Unearthed at the Southeast Part of Turkey

A large number of sealing have been recovered in southeast part of Turkey that give new information about the Greco-Roman places of worship. They reflect the history of the places where Roman gods like Zeus, Hera or Luppiter Dolichenus were worshiped. Researchers have concluded that they were the most common and important Roman deities of that excavation site.

The present discovery also shows the impact of these deities on the urban life of people there. The sealing show that in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, the god Luppiter Dolichenus, who were originally worshipped at that location had a strong connection with the entire Roman Empire.  Many of the images engraved on the sealing reflect the image of the god shaking hands with various Roman kings. The temple of the soldier god Luppiter Dolichenus has been a subject of research for last 17 years. In this term they also discovered the high quality of mosaic floor and a late antique church. During the process of discovery the scientist’s uncovered parts of a very large building that is considered to be a public bath from the Roman Iron Age. The mentioned bath area has well-preserved mosaics. The discovery of the bath is of great academic importance as there has been hardly any Roman thermal baths discovered so far. The sealing also shows depictions of the divine twin children named Castor and Pollux, of Zeus. The cults are also of great importance.

By: Anita Aishvarya