Monumentum

Cautes and Cautópates of Palazzo Imperiale

The sculptures of Cautes and Cautopates from the Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale may have been reused from an older mithraeum in Ostia.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
19 Jun 2009
Updated on 30 Jan 2022
 
Bases y esculturas de Cautes y Cautopates del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale, Ostia.

Bases y esculturas de Cautes y Cautopates del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale, Ostia.

 

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Two marble statues (H. 0.42). Roma, Mus. Lateran, Nos. 968 and 958.

Inscriptions are engraved in the bases of the statues. The frontsides have representations in relief of Cautes and Cautopates in Eastern attire. Cross-legged. They hold their torches with both hands. On the sides a jug and patera.

Upon these bases there are statues of the same torchbearers in the same atti- tudes and dresses. Traces of guilding (Visconti, 162 and Atti Acc. Pont. XV, CXXXVIII).

Visconti, 164 and PI. LM, 1,2; Benndorf-SchOne, Nos 502,504; MMM II 243k and figs.
 
 

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