Gorgone

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The Celtic spirit survived the Roman invasion.  It thrived and was expressed most vigourously in the religious art of the 3rd century AD.   The Gorgon’s head which adorns the pediment of the Roman Temple of Aquae Sulis in Bath is an extraordinary mixture of a purely Celtic man’s face and that of  the classical Gorgon’s serpentine hair.

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The Celtic spirit survived the Roman invasion. It thrived and was expressed most vigourously in the religious art of the 3rd century AD. Celtic gods and sanctuaries existed well before Cesar’s arrival and sculptors were able to preserve the form and imagination of their art by harmoniously combining it with Roman classical subject-matter and style. The Gorgon’s head which adorns the Roman pediment of the of the Temple of Aquae Sulis in Bath clearly demonstrates this ambivalence. It is an extraordinary mixture of a purely Celtic man’s face and that of the classical Gorgon’s serpentine hair. Hidden beneath the Minervan features, it couldn’t fail to remind the inhabitants of the Celtic origins of the sanctuary situated a few metres from the Celtic Goddess Sulis’ sacred spring.

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