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Nicopolis ad Istrum

Nicopolis ad Istrum or Nicopolis ad Iatrum was a Roman and Early Byzantine town. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The site was placed on the Tentative List for consideration as a Wor

Brothers active in Nicopolis ad Istrum


Mithraic monuments of Nicopolis ad Istrum


Tauroctony stele of Nicopolis ad Istrum

The Tauroctony of Nicopolis ad Istrum is unique as it is the only Mithraic stele befitting a Greek donor.

CIMRM 2264

Inscriptions of Nicopolis ad Istrum

Ἀγαθῆι τύχηι. Ἡλίῳ | Μίθρᾳ | θεῷ | ἐπηκόῳ || Αὐρ(ήλιος) | Μᾶρκος | γναφεὺς | τὸ συήλιον | σὺν τῇ || ζωγραφίᾳ | κατεσκεύ|ασεν | ἐκ τῶν |ἰδίων || εὐχαρισ|τήριον.
To the lord Mithras, as an ex-voto, Galerios, son of Proteos, assistant stone cutter. To good fortune. To Helios Mithras, the listening god, Aurelios Markos, stone cutter, had the stele erected with the painting, at his own expense, as a mark of gratitude.

Tauroctony stele of Nicopolis ad Istrum


  • Epigraphic Database Heidelberg. Tauroctony stele of Nicopolis ad Istrum in EDH
  • Valentin Bottez (2018) Mithras in Moesia Inferior. New data and new perspectives
  • Николай Шаранков (2013) Посвещение на Митра от Никополис ад Иструм