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Mithras rock-born from Housesteads

A naked Mithras emerges from the cosmic egg, as usual carrying a torch and a dagger.
8 May 2010
Petrogenia Hodgson

Petrogenia Hodgson
Tommy Johansson


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Stone relief (H. 1.33 Br. 0.82), found 'between two altars (Nos 863-4) about 0.66 before the back wall' (Hodgson).

The lower part has not been worked and is rough. Above it in an open oval circle, the torso of a young naked Mithras with long curly hair, emerging from an egg, the two halfs of which are visible above the head and below the hips. The raised arms have got lost, but his hands, in which a dagger (r) and a torch (l) have been preserved on the rim of the circle.

Related monuments

Mithraeum of Housesteads

The Housesteads Mithraeum is an underground temple, now burried, discovered in 1822 in a slope of the Chapel Hill, outside of the Roman Fort at the Hadrian's Wall.


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