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Temple Pediment

The decoration of the classical temple at Bath, which was enlarged c. AD 200, had at its center the head of a figure, possibly Oceanus (because of the Tritons in the corners of the pediment), with the attributes of a Gorgon-head Medusa. Such a figure also appears on the shield of Minerva and so is appropriate for the protection of the temple and its sacred waters. Curiously, there also is the scheme of a multiple wreath supported by two winged victories that usually was the motif of a sarcophagus.