Authentic Ancient Roman Medical Snake Talisman Amulet Pendant. Circa 1st to 4th century AD. This Pendant was found by metal detectorists in the vicinity of the ancient city of Consuegra in Toldeo, Spain. Snake head on one end and tail on the other.
The Romans adopted the Greek god of medicine Asclepius by stealing his sacred snake from Epidaurus and setting up a temple on the Tiber Island. Many Romans frequently visited a “Spells ’R Us” type of shop (in reality a friendly neighborhood magician who set up shop outside one of Rome’s many temples). There, they paid a small fee for a love potion, charm, spell, or amulet. Romans of all classes viewed magic as a highly useful way to try to control their destiny. Most Romans seemed to live in constant fear of supernatural powers and forces that they believed in but did not understand. This made them pay magicians frequent visits in order to buy amulets as protection against spells, against the evil eye, against the power of spirits and demons, and even against evil in general. This Pendant was likely worn by legionary medical soldiers who served the Roman Empire.
Professionally cleaned and perfectly wearable with the addition of a leather thong.
Size: 4.5 cm x 2 cm