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Bath-Roman baths-light show

 

"This is the best known object in the Roman Baths collection and has fascinated scholars and the public since its discovery in 1790.  As a work of art the quality of workmanship is exceptional for Roman Britain and it is now generally recognised that it is probably the work of sculptors from Gaul in the later first century AD. 

 

The pediment was supported originally by four large, fluted columns.  The very powerful central image of the Gorgon’s head glowered down from a height of 15 metres on all who approached the temple. The pediment is full of allusions.  In the corners are Tritons, half men and half fish servants of the water god Neptune.  In the lower left centre ground is a face helmet in the form of a dolphin’s head. The small owl tucked away to the lower right of the large central roundel is also almost certainly perched at the top of another helmet. 

 

The central head is held aloft by female 'Victories', on a shield ringed with oak leaves.  The Victories stand on globes.  The great head itself has snakes entwined within its beard, wings above its ears, beetling brows and a heavy moustache.  Above all this, in the apex of the pediment, is a star."  (Roman Baths' website)

 

Bath-Roman baths-light show

 

"This is the best known object in the Roman Baths collection and has fascinated scholars and the public since its discovery in 1790.  As a work of art the quality of workmanship is exceptional for Roman Britain and it is now generally recognised that it is probably the work of sculptors from Gaul in the later first century AD. 

 

The pediment was supported originally by four large, fluted columns.  The very powerful central image of the Gorgon’s head glowered down from a height of 15 metres on all who approached the temple. The pediment is full of allusions.  In the corners are Tritons, half men and half fish servants of the water god Neptune.  In the lower left centre ground is a face helmet in the form of a dolphin’s head. The small owl tucked away to the lower right of the large central roundel is also almost certainly perched at the top of another helmet. 

 

The central head is held aloft by female 'Victories', on a shield ringed with oak leaves.  The Victories stand on globes.  The great head itself has snakes entwined within its beard, wings above its ears, beetling brows and a heavy moustache.  Above all this, in the apex of the pediment, is a star."  (Roman Baths' website)

 

comments (6)

it must have been awe inspiring, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Indeed it must!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Dec 2019, 06:48
In Greek mythology, a Gorgon (/ˈɡɔːrÉ¡É™n/; plural: Gorgons, Ancient Greek: ΓοργÏŽν/ΓοργÏŽ Gorgon/Gorgo) is a mythical creature portrayed in ancient literature. While descriptions of Gorgons vary and occur in the earliest examples of Greek literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair made of living, venomous snakes, as well as a horrifying visage that turned those who beheld her to stone. Traditionally, while two of the Gorgons were immortal, Stheno and Euryale, their sister Medusa was not and she was slain by the demigod and hero Perseus.

Thus sayeth Wiki..
Tom Wilson: Makes one wonder if this is actually supposed to be a Gorgon - it is obviously male!
That is quite something Tom
Tom Wilson: The whole thing must have been very impressive, and the imposed image gives a good idea of what it must have looked like.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Dec 2019, 09:04
I’m not surprised Tom, for the people of Bath are very talented.
Tom Wilson: Perhaps you are a descendent of one of those Gaulish sculptors, Chad smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Dec 2019, 12:34
I like your detailled information about your images! My first thought was: This is Neptune. We call the 'Victories' Nereids, too.
Tom Wilson: It certainly doesn't fit the description of the Gorgons, provided by Chris! It is obviously male! I think it is much more likely to be Oceanus as suggested here: http://www.digitaldigging.net/roman-bath-gorgon-oceanus/
My son and family took this tour as well.
Tom Wilson: It is certainly well worth doing - as early as possible in the day!

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