Monumentum

Aion of Mérida

The Aion-Chronos of Mérida was found near the bullring of the current city, once capital of the Roman province Hispania Ulterior.
 
 
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3 Aug 2009
Updated on 22 Jan 2022
 
  • Aion / Cronos de Mérida

    Aion / Cronos de Mérida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Detail of Aion legs of Mérida

    Detail of Aion legs of Mérida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

 

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This is part of a series of sculptures of gods who probably formed a sacred group in a shrine or temple. It was found during the building work on the bullring in Mérida in the early 20th century. It represents the oriental god Zervan Chronos, depicted with the head of a lion on his chest and a serpent encircling the god’s naked body. Two holes can be seen on the head for bronze lightning bolts, and the shoulder blades have grooves for inserting two wings, another distinctive feature of this god.

Marble statue (H. 1.75), found in 1902 and 1913. Mus. Merida, Inv. No. 86.
 
 

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Cautes of Mérida

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Venus pudica of Mérida

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Altar from Mérida 'pro salute'

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Oceaunus of Mérida

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