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The New Mithraeum

Community dedicated to the study, disclosure and reenactment of the Mysteries of Mithras since 2004.

the.new.mithraeum
Barcelona, Spain
Joined December 2020
 
 
 
November 2022
Comentum novum

Indeed, Stephen. The catalogue is highly recommendable for all audiences, academic, professional and the simply curious. By the way, some of its articles can be found on this very site thanks to the generous support of the publisher, the Musée Royal Mariemont.

In Notitia
 

Mariemont unveils
(some of) the Mysteries of Mithras

The exhibition The Mystery of Mithras opens at the Mariemont Museum in Belgium, home of Franz Cumont, the father of studies on the solar god.

 
 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Coin of the Kushan Emperor Kanishka I

This gold coin depicts Kanishka I on one side and Mithras standing on the other side.

 
November 2022
Syndexios novus

Tiridates I

Founder of the Arasacid dynasty, Tiridates I was crowned king of Armenia by Nero in 66.

 
 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Medallions with Mithras from Trapezus

These bronze medallions associates the image of several Roman emperors with that of Mithras, usually as a rider, in the province Pontus.

 
November 2022
Monumentum

Tauroctony of Osterburken

Franz Cumont considers the bas relief of Osterburken 'the most remarkable of all the monuments of the cult of Mithras found up to now'.

 
I would humbly suggest that #6 on the left might be a representation of Narcissus, having fallen in love with his own reflection, the disfigured object in his hand might be a narcissus flower and the confusing object resembling a Chlamys upon which he is resting might be the depiction of the pool where he saw his reflection. What strikes me is the inclusion among the left side sequence of specific figures and their primary mythic stories, which had psychological and cautionary moral messages. From the combination of depictions in the entire Tauroctony, the Mithras cult appears to be a new 'revelation' or addition to the traditional Greek religious system, amalgamating Babylonian Astrology, Greco-Roman mythology and some new 'Persian' mythos.
 
November 2022
Monumentum

Tauroctony from the Mithräum von Heddernheim

This relief is so well-known that it has been reproduced in nearly every handbook of archaeology and of history of religions.

 
Ton van Reen
As far as I can find the CIMRM number of this one is: 1083 and not 606.
 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Two-sided relief from Rückingen

This remarkable double-sided relief depicts the myth of Mithras and the Tauroctony on one side, and a scene of Mithras the hunter and the banquet of Mithras and the Sol on the other.

 
November 2022
Syndexios novus

Corbulo

Danube region can be traced back to the legions that fought under his command in Armenia.

 
 
November 2022
Syndexios

Lucanus

Slave on a farm in Valentia, Hispania, who dedicated an altar to the invincible Mithras.

 
 
November 2022
Syndexios novus

Nero

Fifth Roman emperor and last of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, reigning from 54 until his death in 68.

 
 
November 2022
Monumentum

Mithraeum of the Baths of Caracalla

The Mitreo delle terme di Caracalla is one of the largest temple devoted to Mithras found in Rome so far.

 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Intaglio with Mithras and Kabiros

This intaglio with Mithras killing the bull on one side and Kabiros on the other was probably used as a magical amulet.

 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Intaglio with Tauroctony from Munich

This heliotrope gem, depicting Mithras slaying the bull, dates from the 2nd-3rd century, but was reused as an amulet in the 13th century.

 
November 2022
Monumentum

Intaglio of chalcedony at the BnF

This intaglio depicting Mithras killing the bull is preserved at the Bibliothèque national de France.

 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Gnostic amulet with Mithras monogram

This silver amulet depicts Abraxas on one side and the first verses of the Book of Genesis in Hebrew on the other.

 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Syncretistic amulet Abraxas-Mithras

This syncretic amulet depicting Abraxas and the word MIΘPAZ was once displayed in the Cappello Museum of Venice.

 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Intaglio of Abraxas with Mithras inscription

Gnostic amulet found Ancient Agora of Athens depicting Abraxas on one side and a mithraic inscription on the other

 
November 2022
Monumentum novum

Intaglio with Tauroctony and Lion with bee

This intaglio portrays Mithra slaying the bull on one side, and a lion with a bee, around seven stars, and inscription, on the other.

 
October 2022
Monumentum

Tauroctony of the Villa Borghese

This relief of Mithras slaying the bull was erected in Piazza del Campidoglio, moved to Villa Borghese and is now in the Louvre Museum.

 
October 2022
Monumentum

Mitreo della Piazza Dante

The Mithraeum located in Piazza Dante in Rome was discovered in 1874 along with a series of monuments dedicated by a Pater named Primus.