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Votive inscriptions
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[German version]

VI, which denote an object as a votive offering to a deity (or deities) by one or more persons, are among the oldest inscriptions; they may express gratitude for victory in a battle or for a merchant ship that has returned safely home. VI were often made because of a vow taken in a moment of danger, hence the formula VSLM, votum soluit libens merito ('he has honoured the vow of his own free will and according to custom').

The inscription medium was either a stone pedestal (such as for statues) or the dedicated object itself (for instance, helmets or chest armour from the war booty). …

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Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn), “Votive inscriptions”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12209470>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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