Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rituals on the Ancient Sea

Archaeologists exploring a shipwreck in the Aeolian Islands off Sicily recovered this thymiaterion, or incense burner, from the bow of the vessel. It would have been used to make offerings to the gods when setting sail or entering port. Sadly, the gods were little help to these mariners, whose ship went down in the first century BCE.

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