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Flavius Aper altar (CIMRM 1584)

The altar of Ptuj depicts Mithras and Sol on the front and the water miracle on the right side.
  • Frontal and left side of Ptuj altar

    Frontal and left side of Ptuj altar
    Ptuj Regional Museum 

  • Frontal view of Ptuj altar

    Frontal view of Ptuj altar

  • Lateral view of Ptuj altar

    Lateral view of Ptuj altar

  • Lateral view of Ptuj altar

    Lateral view of Ptuj altar

The New Mithraeum
16 May 2021
Updated on Sep 2023

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White marble altar (H. 1.12 Br. 0.63 D. 0.54).

On the front standing Mithras in Oriental dress offers to Sol over a burning altar the dagger to which small pieces of meat are speared. Above the meat the raven is flying in order to have a peck at it. In his l.h. Mithras held a large and long object and on the floor before his feet there is a club-shaped object, probably a piece of meat. Sol wears a long shoulder-cape and his head is surrounded by a crown with six rays.

On the side of the altar Mithras is shooting water from a rock before which a person kneels with outstretched hands.

Related monuments

Mithraeum III of Ptuj

Mithraeum III in Ptuj was built in two periods: the original walls were made of pebbles, while the extension of a later period was made of brick.

Mithras rock-birth of Mithraeum III, Ptuj

Cautes and Cautopates attend the birth of Mithras from the rock in the Petrogenia of the third Mithraeum of Ptuj.

Relief fragment of Ptuj

Several Mithraic scenes, including Mithras with Saturn, Mithras with Sol and Mithras' Ascension, are depicted on this fragment of a relief from Ptuj.

Tauroctony on altar of Ptuj

Remarkable fragmentary sculpture of Mithras slaying the bull on an inscribed altar found in Mithraeum III at Ptuj.


Altar with Sol from Ptuj

This altar, found in the 3rd mithraeum of Ptuj, bears an inscription and a relief of Sol and a person with a cornucopia.