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Mithras rock-born from Ptuj

The sculpture includes a serpent climbing the rock from which Mithras is born.
  • Petrogenia del Mithraeum I, Ptuj

    Petrogenia del Mithraeum I, Ptuj 

  • Petrogenesis and two aras devoted to Mithras.

    Petrogenesis and two aras devoted to Mithras. 

The New Mithraeum
26 Apr 2010
Updated on Feb 2022

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Base with statue in white marble (H. 0.97 Br. 0.46 D. 0.31), found near 4. Inv. No. XXXXVI.

Youthful, naked Mithras being born from the rock around which a serpent is coiling. The head of the god is lacking as well as the greater part of the dagger(r) and of the torch (l) he holds in his upraised hands. On the front of the base in a tabula ansata the following inscription:

CIMRM 1493L.H. 0.03-0.025.

Naturae dei / Prudens Primi / Antoni Rufi p(ublici) p(ortorii) / vil(ici) vic(arius).

Gurlitt in JOAI 1899, 92 and 95 No. 4 with fig.; MCC, 92 with fig.; Abramic, 166 No. 299 and fig. 1…

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