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Snake – important symbol in Roman art

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Snake in Roman jewelry
Snake in Roman jewelry

The snake was often depicted in Roman art and jewellery. According to Roman beliefs, it secured the family’s prosperity.

The cult of this reptile probably came from Macedonia, where it was believed that the animal has the magical power to influence fertility. That’s why women so gladly wore snake-shaped jewellery.

  • Snakes of Pompeii, "See the world", 26 maja 2015

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