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Mithras in India and Iran

We propose to revisit a passage by the prolific author Marteen Vermaseren that highlights correspondences today forgotten between the Roman Mithras and its Eastern counterparts.

Maarten Jozef Vermaseren


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    Ernest Renan suggested that without the rise of Christianity, we might all have embraced the cult of Mithras. Nevertheless, it has had a lasting influence on secret societies, religious movements and popular culture.


    The MITHRA Project

    Laurent Bricault has revolutionised Mithraic studies with the exhibition The Mystery of Mithras. Meet this professor in Toulouse for a fascinating look at the latest discoveries and what lies ahead.


    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.

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Some places to visit

  • Mitreo Sacellum delle Tre Navate

    The Mithraeum in the Chapel of the Three Naves was not linked to the cult of Mithras until recently because of a mosaic showing a pig, in the belief that it was an animal unfit for consumption in a temple of Eastern origin.

  • Mithräum von Wiesloch

    The first members of the Wiesloch Mithraeum may have been veterans from Ladenburg and Heidelberg.

  • Mithraeum IV of Aquincum

    The Mithraeum of Symphorus and Marcus, in Óbuda, Budapest, has been restored to public view in 2004 and, while well presented, it has been heavily restored.

  • Mitreo delle Pareti Dipinte

    The House of the Mithraeum of the Painted Walls was built in the second half of the 2nd century BC (opus incertum) and modified during the Augustan period.



Guest insights

Stephen Chappell

OK, I'm very confused about Jozef's description of this 'submission' scene. The standing person - pe…

on Submission scene from Barberini


O.R. Melling

A chara, Any chance of an English translation of El Culto de Mitra en Hispania? If all else fails …

on Mithras in Hispania


nathalie barki

Hello, I am new here. How can I contact you privately for the images rights?

on Mitreo dels Munts


mark Shindel

thank You!

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Dominique PERSOONS

Organization of a mithraeum according to Beck and Gordon (1978).The soul of man travels through the …


Dominique PERSOONS

I did not express myself well. I think that this golbe or ball is the soul but also of Plato's Anima…


Matthew K

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Pattie Lawler

Interesting that the couch's covering isn't recognizable as the slain bull, though I'm not sure I wo…

on Triptic of Tróia

It was, Pattie. It no longer exists…

on Mitreo d'Orazio Muti

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