Woodeaton Temple

Temple Or Shrine

This square temple lies in Middle Hill Field within a temenos beside the Dorchester-Alchester road, about four miles north of Oxford. The outer portico measured 37½ feet by 36½ feet, the inner cella 19 feet by 16 ft. 5 in. The outer wall was an almost uniform 2½ feet wide, the inner wall varying between 1½-2 feet. The temple probably faced east. The original building was erected around 65AD with a wooden portico which later burnt to the ground, This wooden building was replaced by one of stone during the late-2nd century at the same time the temenos was included. The temple remained in use until the 5th century. (Type Ic or Id)

RIB240 - Funerary inscription for Dec(i)mus Malus[ius

To the departed spirits: Dec(i)mus Malus[ius ..
D [...]
DECMVS MALVS[...]
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The fem. cognomen Malusia occurs in CIL iii 11565.

RIB239 - Fragmentary inscription

No translation

No commentary.

RIB236 - Fragmentary inscription

No translation

[...]EDO
There may have been a second line on the other part of the plate. This may be the end of a Celtic masculine name in the nominative. For over two dozen examples of such names see Holder s.v. -edo.

RIB237 - Fragmentary dedication

No translation

[...]XENOVI [...]
[...]NDVX[...]
[...]IT[...]
It is probably part of a dedication at a local shrine. Addenda from RIB+add. (1995): The right-hand edge looks original.

RIB238 - Fragmentary inscription

No translation

No commentary.

References for Woodeaton Temple

  • Temples in Roman Britain by M.J.T. Lewis (Cambridge 1966);
  • The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965). oman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965).

Map References for Woodeaton Temple

NGRef: SP5312 OSMap: LR164

Roman Roads near Woodeaton Temple

None identified