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Petrogeny of Sarmizegetusa

The rock of Mithra's birth in the Petrogenia of Sarmizegetusa is surrounded by a snake.
Aion of Sarmizegetusa

Aion of Sarmizegetusa

The New Mithraeum
26 Jan 2022
Updated on Mar 2022

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Statue in yellowish marble (H. 0.67 Br. 0.365).

Youthful Mithras is being born from the rock which is encircled by a serpent. The serpent's head is visible next to the r. thigh of the god. Mithras is in Phrygian cap, his arms are lost.

Studniczka, 224 fig. 69; Kiraly, 26 No. 80 and PI. IX, 2; MMM Il 302 No. 177 and fig. 159; RRS III 140, 1; Floca in ED 1935,218 fig. 3. See fig. 579.

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