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Monumentum

Tauroctony of the Villa Borghese Collection

The relief of Mithras slaying the bull on the Campidoglio was erected in Piazza del Campidoglio, then moved to Villa Borghese and is now in the Louvre Museum.
 
 
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16 Jun 2009
Updated 16 Jan 2022
 
  • Mithras killing the bull (c. 150 CE; Louvre-Lens)

    Mithras killing the bull (c. 150 CE; Louvre-Lens)
    Serge Ottaviani 

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  • Grabado incluido en la obra dedicada al relieve de Villa Borghese de Lajard

    Grabado incluido en la obra dedicada al relieve de Villa Borghese de Lajard
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

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White marble relief (H. 2.54 Br. 2.65), was erected on the Piazza Capitolino (Pignorius) in the 17th century, then transported to the Villa Borghese, nowadays Paris, Louvre, Inv. No. 1023. Second cent.

In a grotto Mithras tauroctone in the usual attitude and attire. The dog, the serpent and the scorpion are present; the raven is perched on the rocky border of the cave.

Cautes clasps with his l.h. the ears (two or three) from the bull's tail, he lifts with the r.h. his torch. Before the bull Cautopates is standing. with the torch pointed downwards.
 
 

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Mitreo del Campidoglio «lo perso»

This temple of Mithras on the north side of the Capitoline Hill in Rome no longer exists.

 

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