Princeps centurion commander (praepositus)
Biography of Antonius Valentinus
- Antonius Valentinus was a brother of the Mithraeum of Dura Europos.
- Active circa early 3rd century in Dura Europos, Syria-Coele (Syria).
He restored the Mithraeum of Dura Europos en 209-211.
In 210 CE the Mithraeum of Dura Europos was much enlarged and refurbished by the commander the Roman legionary Antonius Valentinus; whose name comes down to us in another inscription; this one above the lintel of the entrance door. In Latin; this inscription dedicates “the temple of the god Sol Invictus Mithras” to the Roman emperors Septimius Severus, Caracalla and Geta. Valentinus more than doubled the size of the Mithraeum, remodeled it as a basilica, and added an arched niche behind the altar.
—Dura Europos. Crossroads of Antiquity
in Mithraeum of Dura Europos
Inscription on the restoration of the Mithraeum of Dura Europos
Antonius Valentinus, centurio, made this plaque for the salut des empereurs Septimus Severus and Marcus Aurelius.