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Large Altar to Gods of Palmyra

A.D. 165–256

Limestone

73.66 × 36.83 × 27.94 cm (29 × 14 1/2 × 11 in.)
Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
1929.385
Geography: 
Excavated in Dura-Europos, Syria
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Syrian, Dura-Europos
Period: 
Roman (2nd or 3rd century A.D.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos (block J3-5, Temple to Palmyrene Gods), present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011), 345, no. 38, pl. 38.

Michael I. Rostovtzeff, Professor Paul V. C. Baur, and Professor Alfred R. Bellinger, The Excavations at Dura-Europos: Preliminary Reports of the Excavations, 9 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1929–44), 90–91, vol. 2, p. 90, fig. 3, fig. 3.

M. I. R., “Yale’s Work at Doura,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 4, no. 1 (1930): 82, fig. 9.

Jennifer Chi and Sebastian Heath, eds., Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011), 74, no. 18, ill.

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