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Andreu Abuín

Nam cum coeperis deae servire, tunc magis senties fructum tuae libertatis.

San Francisco, United States of America
Joined December 2020
March 2023

Mithras in Hispania

On the occasion of the discovery of the mithraeum in Cabra, 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.

The so-called Elephant Tomb was not a tomb. The data that support its character as a mithraeum derive from its formal characteristics: A room divided into three parts, presided by a chapel, subway, with a water fountain. These are characteristics that formally define a mithraeum. In addition, it has a window that directs the sun's rays into the center of the chamber at the equinoxes three hours after sunrise. In spring, at that time, Taurus would emerge over the horizon. This same configuration is observed in Hawarte whose window allowed the sun's rays to point to the altar during the winter solstice, two hours before sunset. At that time, Taurus emerged over the horizon. One cannot call a proposal extravagant just because one does not know the basic principles of archaeoastronomy or building archaeology.
February 2023

Polelle offers a fast-paced, sometimes dizzying novel full of intrigue and action. A little too much, especially in the first half, where the number of characters and situations can leave more than one out of the game and make them give up before the end. However, it is worth carrying on. There is no shortage of clichés about Rome, Italy, Fascism, Nazism, the Church, the Vatican, la mamma... The characters are a little flat, as Polelle puts all his heart into a plot that he twists to fit a classical structure that is at times too predictable. Nevertheless, The Mithras Conspiracy is a good action book. Polelle's effort to do his homework and talk about Mithras properly is appreciated. The excesses of the genre can be forgiven, not least because Polelle is one of the few authors who have dared to tackle the subject with a good and sometimes remarkable result.

In Liber

The Mithras Conspiracy

Followers of a revived version of Mithraism in contemporary Italy threaten to overthrow the government and destroy the Vatican. Rome is in chaos. Earthquakes shake the city. The Pope is in a coma.

January 2023

just got a copy of the Mithras conspirancy and can't stop reading!

January 2023

Nam cum coeperis deae servire, tunc magis senties fructum tuae libertatis.

December 2022

I recently had the opportunity to visit the remains of this mithraeum. It is located in Altafulla, in a pleasant seaside village on the Catalan coast. In situ, not much is preserved apart from the foundations, but it's worth a detour if you're passing through the area to visit the site and, if the weather is good, take a dip in the beach!

In Monumentum

Mitreo dels Munts

The Mithraeum of Els Munts, near Tarragona, is one of the biggest known, together with the Mitreo delle terme di Caracalla.

November 2021


Una novela negra, adictiva e irreverente sobre un triángulo amoroso perdido en la España vaciada. Ana, Jorge y Salva huyen de Barcelona. Pretenden atravesar la península y esconderse en un pueblo de Portugal. Sin embargo, llegados a Aragón, derrapa…

September 2021

Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos

Peter Mark Adams: ‘The initiation was a frightening experience that caused some people to panic as a flood of otherworldly entities swept through the ritual space.’

December 2020

Nam cum coeperis deae servire, tunc magis senties fructum tuae libertatis.

February 2005

Carabinieri recover a Mithras Tauroctony about to be sold on the black market

The Mithriac votive sculpture comes from a clandestine excavation in the Tarquinia area. The criminal chain is active in archaeological areas of Rome and southern Etruria.

Love the picture of both guys besides the statue. Aren't they called Cautes and Cautopates by a chance?
I'd have liked to see the face of the carabinieri when they discovered the sculpture.