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Birth of the Phrygian Great Mother (1)

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01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

Great Mother
4th century CE
Roman Empire
Christian-Roman philosophers and scholars

Arnobius of Sicca, Adversus nationes 5.5:
In the territory of Phrygia there is … a rock of an unheard-of desolation throughout, the name of which is Agdus, so called by the natives of that region. Stones taken from it, as Themis had enjoined by an oracle, were thrown on the earth, empty of mortals, by Deucalion and Pyrrha; and from these, along with the others, this Great Mother, as she is called, was shaped and given divine breath.

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Arnobius of Sicca, Adversus nationes 5.5


MacCracken 1949McCracken, George E. Arnobius of Sicca, The Case against the Pagans. 2 Vols. Westminster: Newman 1949.

Amar Annus

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