Skip to comments.Archaeologists puzzle over mystery woman in early Christian cemetery
Posted on 03/02/2019 12:02:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The most stunning artifact recovered beneath Gosposvetska Street was a transparent blue glass bowl found next to the womans body...
This exquisite drinking bowl could have been used in both regular daily life as well as for burial ceremonies, and an analysis of its chemical composition points to its manufacture somewhere in the eastern Mediterranean region. The grapevine decorations have their role in the Christian Eucharist and Communion, but have their origins in motifs associated with Dionysus, the pagan god of wine and ecstasy.
Archaeologists are also interested in how the womans tomb developed over time. It seems that possibly within a decade of her burial, her square chapel was demolished and a larger (30-by-40-foot) structure was built to enclose her tomb. Around the new structure and inside it, Emonas Christian community began to practice a burial practice known as ad sanctos, in which the deceased are interred near the tombs of saints and other remains considered holy.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalgeographic.com ...
This 1,700-year-old transparent blue glass bowl, a little more than eight inches in diameter, was found buried next to the woman at the center of the cemetery. Its Greek inscription reads: "Drink to live forever, for many years!" [Photograph by Arne Hodalic and Katja Bidovec]
“. The grapevine decorations have their role in the Christian Eucharist and Communion, but have their origins in motifs associated with Dionysus, the pagan god of wine and ecstasy.”
Sounds like they can’t decide, and chose the least Christian explanation.
Beautifully preserved. What a marvelous find.
Since what they said was accurate? Nah.
With the inscription, drink to live forever...., I dont think they stretched too far.
In defense of myself, and other Freepers, 2/3 of the time one doean’t need to read the article...
I had a time just fishing out the graphic URL, but felt we had to have it.
It seems that possibly within a decade of her burial, her square chapel was demolished and a larger (30-by-40-foot) structure was built to enclose her tomb...
Maybe she needed a bigger place.
Incredible, beautiful image by the way.
FR Thread Titles have words underneath?
I usually just comment based on the first 3 words of the thread title.
sometimes i comment without reading the thread title at all :)
Yeah, we’re all terrible LOL!
It’s every FReeper’s God given right to comment about anything on any thread.
It’s in the constitution :)
That's the one thing I use Internet Explorer for - their "reveal source" option (on the version I have installed) makes that easier than with my other browsers.
A practise of long term. As opposed to “race slavery” which has no basis in history yet dominates US discussion of slavery.
The Ottoman Empire imported slaves from the “harvest of the steppes” to deepest Africa. And their economy was dependen on that.
Browsers have that, but the websites have been getting tricky and/or a little too cute with their ways of hiding the graphical URLs.
Quite the find!
Remarkable, not least because it's glass -- but it is just plain beautiful. :^)
Using an LG Stylo 3 allows me to do a selective screen capture, post to imgur and a minute or two later post aa link here...neat, allows for zooming in and cropping as my post of the bowl shows. ;>)
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