Jupiter Dolichenus and the Dülük Baba Tepesi Part 1/2

The Doliche Diaries

The Architecture on the Mountain

As we are still quite some months away from any excavation work in Doliche, we decided to give you some insights into the results of our previous excavation project on the nearby mountain of Dülük Baba Tepesi. The Project ran from 2001 to 2015 and produced a large amount of interesting finds and architectural remains.

Doliche itself is primarily known for its main deity, Jupiter Dolichenus. In the early second century CE, his cult spread over large parts of the Roman Empire. He became especially popular in the Danube and Rhine areas, in Britain, and in the city of Rome. This prominence in the frontier zones was primarily due to the god’s appeal to Roman military personnel. The popularity of the cult peaked in the Severan period. Modern scholarship has, for a long-time, portrayed Jupiter Dolichenus as a prime example of an “oriental” religion…

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