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Acta diurna is our Mithraic social stream for keeping up to date with what is happening in The New Mithraeum.

 
 
February 2023
Socia nova
 
February 2023
Publication

I have listed all the novels about Mithras and Mithraism that I know of. Do you know any others? Crypto-Mithraic would also work!

 
February 2023
Publication

Did Apuleius explain his very own initiation into the Mysteries of Mithras in The Golden Ass? Apuleius' The Golden Ass is one of the most famous and entertaining novels of antiquity. Among his adventures, Lucius is initiated into the mysteries of Isis. Some scholars claim that Apuleius used the Egyptian cult to conceal his own involvement in the secret cult of Mithras.

 
February 2023
Monumentum

Inscription with Cautes and Cautopates of Steklen

An unusual feature of this very ancient relief is that Cautopates carries a cockerel upside down, while Cautes carries it right-side up.

 
February 2023
Monumentum

Inscription of Santi Marcellino e Pietro al Laterano

This inscription mentions a Pater for the first known time.

 
February 2023
Syndexios

Titus Flavius Hyginus Ephebianus

Freedman who dedicated the first monument mentioning a Pater.

 
 
February 2023
Monumentum

Tauroctony 593

This is the earliest known sculpture of a Roman Mithraic tauroctony.

 
Remarkable monument not only because it is the first sculpted representation of the entire Mithraic tauroctony, but also because of the arrangement of certain figures, such as Cautes and Cautopates, who, even without their heads, seem to hesitate about what they are supposed to do.
 
February 2023
Syndexios

Lucius Apuleius Marcellus

Latin writer, Platonist philosopher and rhetorician.

 
 
February 2023
Comentum novum

Polelle offers a fast-paced, sometimes dizzying novel full of intrigue and action. A little too much, especially in the first half, where the number of characters and situations can leave more than one out of the game and make them give up before the end. However, it is worth carrying on. There is no shortage of clichés about Rome, Italy, Fascism, Nazism, the Church, the Vatican, la mamma... The characters are a little flat, as Polelle puts all his heart into a plot that he twists to fit a classical structure that is at times too predictable. Nevertheless, The Mithras Conspiracy is a good action book. Polelle's effort to do his homework and talk about Mithras properly is appreciated. The excesses of the genre can be forgiven, not least because Polelle is one of the few authors who have dared to tackle the subject with a good and sometimes remarkable result.

In Liber
 

The Mithras Conspiracy

Followers of a revived version of Mithraism in contemporary Italy threaten to overthrow the government and destroy the Vatican. Rome is in chaos.

 
 
February 2023
Liber

Ostie

Guide to the archaeological site of Ostia Antica, published in the 1980s by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, with extensive information on the remains discovered to date.

 
January 2023
Socia nova

I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Evansville pursuing my B.A. in Archaeology

 
January 2023
Monumentum

Mitreo del Caseggiato di Diana

The Mithraeum of the House of Diana was installed in two Antonine halls, northeast corner of the House of Diana, in the late 2nd or early 3rd century.

 
January 2023
Syndexios

Gaius Caelius Ermero

Antistes of several mithraea in Ostia.

 
 
January 2023
Monumentum novum

Altar at Caseggiato di Diana

This altar was originally consecrated to Hercules and was rededicated to Mithras by Callinicus in the Mithraeum of the House of Diana.

 
January 2023
Monumentum

Fragment with inscription to Arimanius Casa di Diana

The image of the god Arimanius to which this monument refers has not yet been found.

 
January 2023
Syndexios

Marcus Lollianus Callinicus

Pater at Caseggiato di Diana.

 
 
January 2023
Comentum novum

There is a mixture of 2 mithraeums in the text. The first part and the inscriptions are about mithraeum of Victorinus (II.) But the altars in the mithraeum are just copies and unfortunatelly there was no tauroctony found there at all. The fragment in the Lapidarium is from different place so wikipedia is false. The video and the description are about the Symphorus mithraeum (IV).

In Monumentum
 

Mithraeum of Aquincum II in Victorinus's house

The temple of Mithras in Aquincum was located within the private house of the decurio Marcus Antonius Victorinus.

 
 
January 2023
Monumentum

Mitreo dei Serpenti

The Mithraeum of the Snakes preserves paintings of serpents, representing Genius Loci, part of an older private sanctuary, which were respected in the temple of Mithras.

 
January 2023
Notitia nova

Du Mithraïsme à la Franc-maçonnerie. Une histoire des idées

Douze siècles séparent le déclin du Mithraïsme romain de l'aube de la Franc-maçonnerie. Douze siècles pendant lesquels les mystères de Mithra sont restés plus secrets que jamais.

 
January 2023
Notitia nova

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.