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The Roman stone eagle found in London

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The Roman stone eagle found in London

Post Neon Knight on Thu 8 Mar - 19:43

This is from a few years ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/29/roman-eagle-found-archaeologists-london-sculpture-art

A superb Roman eagle in near pristine condition, serpent prey wriggling in its beak, has been found by archaeologists in the City of London. A symbol of immortality and power, it was carefully preserved when the aristocratic tomb it decorated was smashed up more than 1,800 years ago – and is regarded as one of the best pieces of Romano-British art ever found.

The preservation is so startling that the archaeologists who found it a few weeks ago at the bottom of a ditch, on the last day of an excavation on a development site at the Minories, were worried in case they had unearthed a Victorian garden ornament. Excitement spread as it became clear from the context that it really was Roman – but carved in Britain, from Cotswold limestone.



. . . Eagles are found across the empire, usually as symbols of imperial clout, but they were also used as funerary emblems: there are extraordinary contemporary accounts of live eagles trapped within the funeral pyres of emperors, freed to soar towards the sky as the flames crackled, symbolising the moment when the dead man became a god.

The London eagle was carved in the first century AD, at a time when the Roman city was exploding in population and wealth. It is believed to have stood on an imposing mausoleum, on the roadside edge of the eastern cemetery just outside the city walls. The road was once lined with the monuments of the wealthiest citizens, like the Via Appia outside Rome.

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Re: The Roman stone eagle found in London

Post Sary on Thu 8 Mar - 22:17

That stone eagle reminds me of this old movie....when the eagle comes alive and attacks the man!


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Post Neon Knight on Thu 8 Mar - 22:29

Those old horror-thriller films have a certain appeal. But the Roman eagle reminds me of this album cover:


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Post Sary on Mon 12 Mar - 22:19

Eagles are majestic birds, once in a while I will see one flying over my house.

I like the fact that the old roman stone eagle is holding a serpent in its beak, symbolizing triumph over evil.
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