|The statue of Victory on a coin issued under Augustus. Nobody knows what the altar itself looked like.|
But time and tide waits for no man, and the Roman political order changed over the centuries. Constantine the Great ended the persecution of the Christians and funded the new religion. His son Constantius II removed the altar in 357 AD, thinking that the old pagan rituals had no place in the "modern" Rome. For the next 50 years it was back and forth - restored to the Senate House under one emperor, removed under another. Finally in 408 AD it disappeared entirely. "Modern" Rome had won.
We see the same playing out today in Richmond. Governor Blackface has ordered the statue of Robert E. Lee removed from Monument Avenue in Richmond. A judge has put a temporary halt to this - it seems that the land was donated to the State decades ago under the provision that the State would protect the statue. The great grandson of the people who donated the land filed suit to stop the removal.
But like the "Modern Roman's" view of the Altar of Victory, many in Richmond today think that the statue represents an outdated, nay pagan past. Its presence is a blasphemy against the Revealed Progressive Truth. We shall see how things play out.