Life in a Roman city, whether in one of the Italian regions or in the provinces, was intrinsically connected with cults, divination, and religion. Proper observance of rituals throughout the year at various festivals and holidays, both public and private, and including various rites of transition, but also during catastrophes or wars, ensured the protection and benevolence of the gods. Votive altars and dedications are in general much less numerous than tombstones, and Emona is no exception to this rule. Although not large, the corpus of its votive monuments does present some interesting features, which deserve a commentary. In view of the scarcity of documentation, it should not cause surprise that during the Baroque age, known for having occasionally abused epigraphy for its own purposes, a few inscriptions may have been falsified to produce more evidence for Roman cults in the territory of Emona, where indeed not very many have come to light to date.
Atti della XVIe recontre sur l’épigraphie in onore di Silvio Panciera con altri contributi di colleghi, allievi e collaboratori, (Tituli, 9). Roma: Quasar, 2008