Bracara Augusta and its surroundings - Roads, Dead and Religion

permanent exhibition

in short

In this last space of the exhibition three great topics are dealt with – the roads which connected Bracara Augusta to the other cities of the roman Empire, the distribution of the necropolises in the city and the testimonies of the relationship between its inhabitants and their various divinities.
Bracara Augusta - Sepulturas e espólio funerário / Tombs and grave goods
© MDDS: Manuel Santos

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Museum of Archaeology D. Diogo de Sousa
Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários
4700-025 Braga

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in detail

The Roman Roads
The state roads that linked Bracara Augusta to the most important cities of the Roman Empire are referred to in a document from the 3rd century known as the Antoninus Itinerary.
It was through roads that the city was connected to fluvial and maritime harbours and to the great axis of circulation, which through the Atlantic was then articulated with the Mediterranean.
It is worth referring to the high number of milestones discovered which cannot be compared to any other area in the Roman world.
This fact can be explained by ideological or political reasons either Imperial or local as a way of demonstrating the integration of the region into Roman culture.

The World of the Dead
From an archaeological viewpoint necropolises are very important to date the vestiges and to analyse the social distribution of the population in the city. Besides these aspects, funerary epigraphy provides information about anthroponomy, the origin and the social status of the dead.
Roman churchyards were situated outside the urban area, normally near the main exits of town.
In Bracara Augusta up to now six necropolises have been identified.

The Sacred
Evidence of the relationiship between the inhabitants of Bracara Augusta and the sacred world can be seen in the offering (ex votos) of the inscriptions carved in the granite of the region.
These inscriptions demonstrate the gratitude of the people of Bracara Augusta towards the indigenous deities, the pantheon of Roman classical Gods and even to Gods from oriental origin such as Isis, for graces granted.
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archaeology, war, art, culture, religion, roman, space, inscriptions, maritime, vias, miliário, estela funerária, ara

Opening Times

10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
Encerrado a 1 de Janeiro, Domingo de Páscoa, 1 de Maio e 25 de Dezembro / Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th. - The exhibition portal for Europe