Il santuario di Cupra a Fossato di Vico

Francesco Marcattili

Contenuto in: Studi Etruschi 80 - 2017

pp. 115-129

DOI: 10.26406/StEtr80-007

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Abstract

In this paper, the archaeological remains found in the sanctuary at the site of Aja della Croce, near Fossato di Vico, are described and interpreted. This sanctuary is known in the archaeological and linguistic literature especially for the discovery of the bronze plaque with the dedication to Cupra Mater. Although brought to light during partial excavations, the structures identified and described during the 1869 and 1918 investigations are essential in order to interpret the controversial bio of the inscription. Moreover, they will help reconstruct the rituals performed in the Cupra sanctuary, celebrated in observance of religious practices that also occur in the cults of the Roman goddesses Bona Dea and Venus.

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