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Monumentum

Felsgeburt des Mithras

Mithras Petrogenitus, born from the rock, from the Mithraeum of Carnuntum III.
  • Mithras Petrogenes of Carnuntum

    Mithras Petrogenes of Carnuntum
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Mithras Petrogenitus of Carnuntum

    Mithras Petrogenitus of Carnuntum 

 
 
31 Dec 2020
Updated on Apr 2023
 

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This freestanding sculpture was found in 1894 inside Mithraeum IlI at Carnuntum, the capital of the Roman province of Pannonia Superior, on the right bank of the Danube. The sanctuary's movable objects appear to have been deliberately destroyed, at least in part.

Reconstituted from scattered fragments, this statue of calcareous sandstone, probably having been located to the left of an altar at the back of the sanctuary, ilustrates the petrogenesis, the episode of the birth of Mithras. Its conically formed base is composed of irregular rocks, from which the young god emerges nude, other

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