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The Father of Mithras

It is well known that Mithras was born from a rock. However, less has been written about the father of the solar god, and especially about how he conceived him.


News and articles
from The New Mithraeum


    Mithras in Hispania

    On the occasion of the discovery of a Mithraeum in Cabra, Spain, we talk to Jaime Alvar, a leading figure in the field of Mithraism. With him, we examine the testimonies known to date and the peculiarities of the cult of Mithras in Hispania.


    Let's talk about Mithras with Yolanda De Iuliis

    Yolanda's multimedia dissertation focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that motivate Mithras worshippers. Her work includes a podcast entitled Conversations about Mithras.


    Mapping Roman sanctuaries

    The Digital Atlas of Roman Sanctuaries in the Danubian Provinces (DAS) is the first comprehensive and open access representation of sacralised spaces in the area.


    Mithras in India and Iran

    We propose to revisit a passage by the prolific author Marteen Vermaseren that highlights correspondences today forgotten between the Roman Mithras and its Eastern counterparts.

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Some places to visit

  • Mitreo della Crypta Balbi

    The Mithraeum of the Crypta Balbi was locted in the middle of a densely populated insula near the theatre of Cornelius Balbus.

  • Mitreo di Marino

    The Mithraeum of Marino is the longest temple devoted to Mithras know hitherto.

  • Mithraeum of St. Egyden

    The 'Mithraic cave' in the Gradische/Gradišče massif near St. Egidio contained vessels decorated with snakes and the remains of chicken bones and other animals that were consumed during Mithraic ceremonies.

  • Mithraeum of London

    The London Mithraeum also known as Walbrook Mithraeum has been contextualized and relocated in its original emplacement in 2016.



Comments from visitors

Ilona Lovász

There is a mixture of 2 mithraeums in the text.


Dominique PERSOONS

I did not express myself well.


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Muy bueno...


Pattie Lawler

Interesting that the couch's covering isn't recognizable as the slain bull, though I'm not sure I wo...

on Triptic of Tróia


Stephen Chappell

You might be interested in a digital reconstruction that I did of the 2nd c.

on Tauroctony of Santa Maria Capua Vetere


Steven Geusens

Can't wait for more details...


Joachim Neumaier

Dear Collegue: May I consult You in order to a potsherd on which the word 'leonis' has been grave...

on Mithraeum of Tienen


Sukey Jessup

I’m not sure why the rock birth isn’t on show in the museum.

on Mithraeum of Aquincum II in Victorinus's house


Jaime Alvar

New excavations in the Villa del Mitra (Nov 22-February 23) have provided a room with benches and co...



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