Jupiter - A sign of power
Bring the blessing of the Roman god father Jupiter Optimus Maximus into your home with this bronze statuette!
Best and greatest Jupiter
Jupiter was revered by the ancient Romans as the father of the gods and supreme patron. Originally a nature deity, the personification of natural events entered Roman religion with the influences of Greek mythology, and with it the cult of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and the other well-known deities of Roman mythology known to this day.
Bronze statuette of Jupiter
Made of solid bronze, this detailed replica of an original found in a Roman fort depicts Jupiter as a thunder god. This variant, known as "Iupiter Tonans," is one of the many different ways the supreme god of the Romans could be depicted. This deity, revered as omnipotent, was especially popular with high military officials and politicians, who hoped for divine assistance in difficult decisions and inspiration from such statuettes. The political elite of the empire in particular often sought strength and endurance from the father of the gods.
- Jupiter Height: ca. 12cm
- Original of Jupiter in the Saalburgmuseum / Hesse
- 2nd century AD
Towards the end of the first century BC, Emperor Augustus was on a campaign against the Iberian Cantabrians. One day, during this campaign, lightning struck in the immediate vicinity of the emperor. Since Augustus survived this near lightning strike unscathed, he vowed to the father of the gods a temple built in his honor on the Capitol. Iupiter Tonans, the thunderer, was born and thus another attribute was conferred on the Roman father of the gods.
Location of the original statuette in Hesse
The original statuette is exhibited in the Saalburg Museum in Hesse and is open to the public. The statuette was found in the remains of a Roman cohort fort, which was located in close proximity to the Limes. A first, rudimentary fort on this site was first built around 90 AD. In the time of Emperor Hadrian, the fort was enlarged and provided space for about 500 men, a cohort. The statuette is dated around the 2nd century A.D. and thus could have been made and arrived at the fort both in the time of Emperor Hadrian and in the time of Marcus Aurelius, for example.
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