While in Rome we were all asked to research a project, throughout this blog I will interject phases of my research project.
The archaeological site named the Fountain of Anna Perenna is a little known site now preserved underneath a carpark in Northern Rome. The site is named thus due to the evident connections (via the inscribed altars), with the Ancient Italic deity Anna Perenna. This site is also famous for its later phase of occupation and use. Epigraphic material; defixiones (curses), wax figurines and stacked jars, attest to a different form of worship taking place at the site. This second phase can be described as a period of cthonic, ‘magical’ or heretical practice directed in part to the daemon Abraxas. Below is an image from one of the defixiones showing the daemon Abraxas with a heretical inscription on his belly.