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Major fresco of the Mitreo Barberini

The votive fresco from the Mithraeum Barberini displays several scenes from Mithras's myth.
Fresco del Mitreo de Barberini

Fresco del Mitreo de Barberini 

The New Mithraeum
10 Jul 2009
Updated on Jan 2022

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Wall-painting in the cult-niche.

In the centre Mithras slaying the bull, whose tail seems to end in three ears. The god is dressed in a green tunica and anaxyrides and in red cloak, on which seven stars have been represented. Seven more stars are visible in the field behind him. The dog and the serpent with their heads near the blood of the wound; the scorpion on the usual place; the raven is perched on the vaulted arch of the grotto.

On either side a torchbearer in a red Eastern attire. Their red Phrygian caps with a green point have two hanging ribbons like Mithras' cap. Not


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Mitreo Barberini

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

Submission scene from Barberini

This scene of the main fresco of the Mithraeum Barberini seems to depict part of the initiation into the Mithraic Mysteries.

Marble slab with inscription from Mitreo Barberini

The inscription mentions the name of the donor, Yperanthes, of Persian origin.