chapter  5
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Public cults attracted dedications from individuals and donations by local magistrates (E2, E4-6, E10-12, E14-16). Miniature altars and statuettes could be set up in any temple: the deity whose temple it was did not necessarily have to be the one represented. Thus, in the Temple of Isis, statuettes of Venus and Bacchus stood near one of Isis herself (E4-5). Apart from a colossal bust of Jupiter from his temple in the Forum (MANN inv. 6266), no cult statues have been found.