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Fresco scene from Mitreo of Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Fresco showing a scene of initiation into the mysteries of Mithras in the Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
31 Dec 2020
Updated on 15 Jan 2022
 
Fresco scene from the initiation ceremony at S. Capua Vetere

Fresco scene from the initiation ceremony at S. Capua Vetere
Stanley A. Jashemski / The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections CC BY-NC 4.0

 

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[This second panel] (W. 0.92 m.) shows once again the blindfolded and naked alumnus with his magister behind him. The mystes is kneeling on his right knee; his hands are tied behind his back. Pseudo-Augustine tells that the cords used for this were made of chicken gut. The mystagogus seems to be the same as in the previous panel since he is clad in a short white tunic and a shoulder cape bordered with red. His head is now better visible.
 
 

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