Votum Solvit Libens Merito

Chamaeleo

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It was a common phrase in inscriptions on altars, etc., dedicated to a particular god. It was commonly abbreviated to VSLM. There were several variations on it.

Here is one inscription on an altar to Vulcan, in northern Britain:

PRO • DOMV
DIVINA ET • NV
MINIBVS • AVG
VSTORVM • VOL[C]
ANO SACRVM
VICANI VINDOL
ANDE[N]SES • CV[RAM]
AGENTE [...]OI[...]
V[OTVM] S[OLVERVNT] L[IBENTES] M[ERITO]
For the Divine House and the Spirits of the Emperors.
This sacred offering to Vulcan
[was set up] by the villagers of Vindolanda
under the direction of the [...]
willingly and deservedly fulfilling their sacred pledge.
 
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