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Porphyry’s Cave of Nymphs
and the Cult of Mithras

Between the 1st and 4th centuries, Mithraism developed throughout the Roman world. Much material exists, but textual evidence is scarce. The only ancient work that fills this gap is Porphyry's intense and complex essay.

Nilüfer Akçay


News and articles
from The New Mithraeum


    The Father of Mithras

    It is well known that Mithras was born from a rock. However, less has been written about the father of the solar god, and especially about how he conceived him.


    Mithras in Hispania

    On the occasion of the discovery of a Mithraeum in Cabra, Spain, we talk to Jaime Alvar, a leading figure in the field of Mithraism. With him, we examine the testimonies known to date and the peculiarities of the cult of Mithras in Hispania.


    Let’s talk about Mithras with Yolanda De Iuliis

    Yolanda’s multimedia dissertation focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that motivate Mithras worshippers. Her work includes a podcast entitled Conversations about Mithras.


    Mapping Roman sanctuaries

    The Digital Atlas of Roman Sanctuaries in the Danubian Provinces (DAS) is the first comprehensive and open access representation of sacralised spaces in the area.

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Some places to visit

  • Mithréum de Bourg-Saint-Andéol

    The Mithréum de Bourg-Saint-Andéol was built against a rock where the main Tauroctony was chiseled.

  • Mithraeum of Thermes

    The Mithraeum of Thermes in Greece was discovered in 1915 by Bogdan Filov.

  • Mitreo Barberini

    The Barberini Mithraeum was discovered in 1936 in the garden of the Palazzo Barberini, owned by Conte A. Savorgnan di Brazza.

  • Mitreo degli Animali

    The Mithraeum of the Animals was decorated with a mosaic depicting a naked man, a cock, a raven, an scorpion, a snake and the head of the bull.



Comments from visitors

Antonio Moreno Rosa

The sculpture was found, according to its discoverer, next to the western wall that delimits the imp…

on Mitra de Cabra


Franzo Moss

great article, you should put it on the main page, Jorge! thanks


Jorge Gallo

Excellent, count me in!


Alex Cruz

Excelente trazado de arquitectura, agradezco que la hayan compartido.

on Del mitraísmo a la masonería. Una historia de las ideas


The New Mithraeum

Great idea ;)


Hakan Bekiroğlu

Excavations led by Aytac Coskun on


Dominique PERSOONS

One hypothesis is that the mythology of the Roman secret society of Mithras was transformed into an …

on From Mithraism to Freemasonry. A history of ideas


Stephen Chappell

I would also heartily recommend the exhibition catalog - it's a fantastic work, combining essays fro…

on Mariemont unveils
(some of) the Mysteries of Mithras


Alejandro Jiménez

The so-called Elephant Tomb was not a tomb. The data that support its character as a mithraeum deriv…



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