The Religious Life of Animals

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek inv. no. 0858
This is the back of an altar the front of which is commonly used to illustrate Roman sacrificial practices.  I’m taken by how it imagines the deer participating in its own ritual offering, placing a filleted palm branch on an altar.  Perhaps for some interdisciplinary conference on animal studies I might write a short piece contextualizing this images with other evidence for Roman thinking regarding the religious life of animals.

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