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Second petrogey of Aquincum

Another sculpture of Mithras rock-birth from the Mithraeum of Victorinus, in Aquincum.
Mithras rock-birth of Aquincum

Mithras rock-birth of Aquincum

The New Mithraeum
2 Feb 2022

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Relief in limestone (H. 0.98 Br. 0.55) which stood on base a or b.

Mithras' rockbirth. The rock is surrounded by a serpent raising up its head towards the god. In his upraised hands he holds a burning torch (l.h.) and a dagger (r.h.). Mithras is completely naked and emerges nearly as far as the knees.

Kuzsinsky in BpR 1889, 76 and fig.; Aquincum, 57 and fig. 21; MMM II fig. 187. See fig. 454, kindly supplied by Dr. A. Mocsy.

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