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Mithras riding the bull

Altar depicting the god Mithras or Cautes on a bull.
3 Jul 2009
Updated on 15 Jan 2022

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On the main face of this tall marble base, the exact provenance of which is unknown, is represented a figure in Eastern dress, wearing pants and a Phrygian cap, who rides a bull. He holds a flaming torch in his raised right hand. This very rare motif is found a second time at Apulum, this time on a large limestone base. Such an image might make one think of the episode in myth that saw Mithras attempting to capture the bull by clinging to or riding it, a scene quite often represented on the bas-reliefs of the Danubian regions. is powered by Enkidū