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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.
 
 
The New Mithraeum
27 Apr 2010
Updated on 26 Jan 2023
 
  • Interior of the Mitraeum of the Snakes

    Interior of the Mitraeum of the Snakes
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Detail of the east area

    Detail of the east area
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • One of the frescoes that decorates the Mithraeum

    One of the frescoes that decorates the Mithraeum
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Plan of the Mitraeum of the Serpents

    Plan of the Mitraeum of the Serpents
    Ostia-Antica.org 

 

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A Mithraeum (Reg. V, Is. VI, 6) constructed in a complex of buildings with tabernae behind the Decumanus Maximus ('Mitreo dei Serpenti').

By a side way of the Via della Fortuna Annonaria one enters a quadrangular room, serving as the vestibulum to the sanctuary (L. 11.97 Br. 5.15) ;it is divided into a central aisle and two side benches (L. 9.75 Br. 1.70 H 0.50) with small ledges. Only the right one has a step at its beginning; both have approximately in the middle the usual niches and they end before the cult-niche.