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And although we have heard about it quite often, the truth is that there are no scientific works to support it.It seems that one of them was the pedestal of the wolf illustrating this post, which in the 90’s appeared in the museum as originating in the island and dated on the fifth century, but now – many years after the museum was closed – appears in the medieval hall without dating and with a short caption that reads “unknown origin.” Aesthetically, the image is very powerful: a wolf walking under the stars towards the West.In the top frame, a stylized human figure, and what looks like a shooting star or a comet.But the first thing one finds when researching the appearances of wolves in Peninsular iconography is its importance for the pre-Roman Iberian world, in which it is the guardian of the Hades and the groundwaters.The figure of the wolf appears frequently in sites from the third century BCE, like the famous head found at El Pajarillo Hill (Huelma, Jaen).The association of Mars with the legions, the appearance of the wolf walking from east to west, several shields mentioned in the “Notitia Dignitatum,” and the island’s Mithraic temple, could signal a military origin of our pedestal.
However, we have not been able to locate in the Cantabrian any of the units symbolized by wolves in the Notitia between the third (dating of the temple of Mitra) and fifth (dating of the pedestal) centuries.
The novel that the Indianos have always wanted to write.
Imagine, in the fifth century, a group – perhaps ex-legionaries and therefore probably practitioners of Mithraism – that, being unhappy with the religious reforms and fed up with political and military turmoil, decides to defect and take the path of Ara Solis.
Thus, the wolf as a symbol is clearly associated with the “old gods,” and that’s the way the thriving Christian culture of the Middle Ages understood it, identifying it with danger, paganism, and irrational ferocity.
From being a watchdog that protects from death, it turned into a symbol of greed and savagery.
From Augustus onwards it will have an annex temple where, apparently, the birth of Venus was also celebrated – that is the reason why the “pilgrim’s shells” of today are known as “” (scallops).