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The network of power

The furnishings of the princely graves of the third century are highly uniform, even though the graves are widely distributed over northern Europe. There were rules for the objects that could be buried with the deceased. The fine table service for banquets and feasts recurs in all the graves. If a powerful man wanted to keep his allies, he had to entertain his guests well. His network of faithful supporters was vital. The close bonds were reinforced by big banquets and by distributing costly gifts.

This gold ring of so-called "snake head" type, decorated with stylised snake or worm heads were mounted on the finger of a rich prince who lived in the first half of the third century AD. He was about 25-30 years old when he died, and was buried in Himlingøje on Stevns. He was buried with some very costly Roman equipment, a drink service of bronze, two painted glass cups, buckles, jewelry, a comb and arrowheads of bone, even a gold finger ring and a bracelet of gold.

"Snake head" ring from Himlingøje

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