Astral Path to Soul Salvation in Late Antiquity? The Orientation of Two Late Roman Imperial Mausolea from Eastern Serbia

Dragana Mladenović
2009 American Journal of Archaeology  
The following study advocates an archaeoastronomical approach to interpreting the orientation of two Late Antique mausolea and associates them with the Mithraic circle of belief. The mausolea in question are the so-called Romula's mausoleum at Gamzigrad and the mausoleum at Šarkamen, both believed to have contained burials of women belonging to the imperial family. On the basis of measurement, comparison, and analysis of the orientation of these two structures, it is argued that they were
more » ... ionally orientated toward the same celestial event and that this orientation has a cultic explanation.* * I would like to express my gratitude to Andrew Wilson, Simon Price, Jas Elsner, Angelos Chaniotis, and Bert Smith for commenting on an earlier draft of this paper. The responsibility for the views expressed remains solely mine.
doi:10.3764/aja.113.1.81 fatcat:4ey35f4tdffrxmgb7uoo6bvhp4