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Taurcotony of Nesce

The relief of Mithras slaying the bull of Nersae includes several episodes from the exploits of the solar god.
  • Nesce Tauroctony

    Nesce Tauroctony
    Jastrow (CC0) 

  • Nesce Tauroctony detail.

    Nesce Tauroctony detail.
    Cristian Chirita 

The New Mithraeum
22 Jan 2022
Updated on Nov 2023

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White marble relief (H. 0.81 Br. 1.04 D. 0.08). found at Nesce, community Pescorocchiano in the Abruzzes ’nel fondo del Barone Coletti, in località S. Silvestro’. At first sold to the antiquary Veneziani at Rome and later through the intercession of the Sopraintendenza alle Antichita transported to the Mus. Naz. of the Therms at Rome.

In the centre Mithras slaying the bull, whose tail ends in three ears. Dog and snake near the wound, scorpion and raven on the usual places. In the upper corners the busts of Sol (l) with whip and of Luna (r) with crescent and quiver. On either side of

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Inscription of Apronianus of Nesce

The dedicator of this monument is also known for having made a tauroctonic relief in Nesce.