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GREEN MEN OF SPLIT 1
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GREEN MEN OF SPLIT

GREEN MEN OF SPLIT 1

GREEN MEN OF SPLIT 2

GREEN MEN OF SPLIT 3

PALACE OF DIOCLETANUS
Spectacular atmosphere in the old part of Split. However, no Green Men to be seen.
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After Christianity set foot on shore, the Roman temple was converted into a church, including this impressive tower

 

 

On the tower the symbol of the victorious Church (lion) crushing its "enemies" e.g. pagan belief....

 

 

Paganism symbolized by a goat

 

 

A first Green Man, apparently in great distress

 

 

From a very large distance I only saw the leaves and not the face under. It is a pity because this could be a King/Queen with a crown of leaves!

 

 

The crypt under the church. Nowadays turned into a tourist object

A Roman theater mask as decoration to the church

Later a Green Man face was added

A goat as symbol of the temptation of "natural lusts"

 

 

In the city the first encounters with some well-known images
Altogether it wasn't too much. So I set my hope on the Archeological Museum of Split. Beautifully located with a lush garden and entry free! The open wings of the museum filled with (sacred) Roman art
Right at the entrance a beautiful Green Man (or Woman)

 

 

 

 

Vessel of Abundance

 

Life on earth the Dionysian way

Nature as paradise

Abundance, fertility, sexual pleasure all aspects of the same life force

Grave stone of Roman citizin. On top the grenate apple, symbol of Great Mother Kybele

On top on both sides two very beautiful masks, most likely a mixture of a River God and a Green Man

 

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