Danube Virtual Museum

Stone Base Dedicated to the God Jupiter Dolichenus

Title: Stone Base Dedicated to the God Jupiter Dolichenus
Site: Diana / Statio Cataractarum Diana
Location/Region: Kladovo
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade - Archeological Museum of Đerdap
Country: Serbia
Period: Roman Limes: Severan/Caracalla
Epoch: Roman
Closer Dating: 213/214 year
Material: Stone
Dimensions: H 122 cm
Bibliography: J. (Rankov) Kondić (processing, cat. collection in the prepress, with Prof. Dr. М. Мirković); M. Mirković, L. MARIVS PERPETVVS, CONSULARIS, ŽA XXVII, Sv. 2, Skopje 1977, 443-448.

Description

The Stone Base dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter Dolichenus is set in the 213/214 yr. by the Governor of the Province, L. Marius Perpetuus Consularis for the salvation / pro salute of the Roman Emperor Caracalla and mother Julia Domna, when the Emperor passed through the Danube road. The base is set and found in a Roman temple, downstream of the fortress in a village on the banks of the Danube.
Temple of the semicircular conch on the podium, from which the inscription was embedded into the natural rock from the coast of Diana`s Cataracts, was one of the few rare well-preserved architectural structures remaining from the time of the Empire, from 1800 years ago (the look is preserved on the authentic photographs from 1971, during discovery, the text in preparation for printing).

The temple was discovered (as well as the votive base) by accident, during the opening of quarries for building Hydro Power Plant Đerdap I, and then destroyed.

Roman fortress with village Diana/Stacio Cataractarum, Diana (Кarataš-Novi Sip): incidental finding (Iron Gate/Đerdap I Project)