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Sol and Mithras fresco of Dura Europos

Sol watches Mithras as he gazes Mithras gazes up to heaven while sharing the sacred meal.
16 May 2010
Sol and Mithras sharing a meal, Dura Europos

Sol and Mithras sharing a meal, Dura Europos


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'On the south bench, fallen from the back wall, was found a fragmentary scene of Mithras with the Sun, painted in a large scale.

Mithras, on the right side reclining to the left, has wide eyes, curly hair, a Phrygian cap. He wears a Persian dress, a long sleeved tunic with embroidered 'manchettes', a leather (?) collar divided in squares, each square being adorned with a precious stone, an embroidered front stripe going down the tunic, and a leather belt divided like the collar in squares, with a precious stone set into the centre of each.

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