Monumentum

Eros and Psyche

The Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere includes a marble relief depicting a child Eros guiding Psyche through the dark.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
18 Jul 2009
Updated on 17 Jan 2022
 
  • Eros leading Psyche from the Mitreo di Capua Vetere.

    Eros leading Psyche from the Mitreo di Capua Vetere.
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  • Eros leading Psyche from the Mitreo di Capua Vetere.

    Eros leading Psyche from the Mitreo di Capua Vetere.
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

 

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White marble relief inserted above a water basin in the podium's Mithraeum. The relief which was carefully framed with a red border, represents a nude winged child Eros with a flaming torch in his outstretched left hand. With his right hand he takes Psyche under one arm to lead her away. She is wearing a long diaphanous dress the hem of which she is holding in her right hand. She has on her shoulders delicate wings like those of a butterfly.

It is remarkable that a marble group of Eros and Phyche has been found in the Iseum at Savaria also.
 
 

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