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Inscription of Tellius Agatho in Mitreo delle Sette Sfere

This inscription found in the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres mentions the Pater Marco Aemiliio Epaphrodito known from other monuments in Ostia.
The New Mithraeum
3 Feb 2022
Updated on 30 Nov 2022

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L. Tullius Agatho / deo invicto Soli / Mithrae aram d(onum) d(edit) / eanque dedicavit ob / honore dei M. Aemilio Epaphrodito patre.CIL XIV 62; MMM II No. 135.
Inscription sur plaque quadrangulaire de marbre blanc (32,4 × 60,2 cm ; haut. lett. 2,6-6,5 cm).

L(ucius) Tullius Agatho / deo Inuicto Soli / Mithrae aram d(ono) d(edit) / eanque (sic) dedicauit ob / honore(m) dei, M(arco) Aemilio / Epaphrodito, patre.

Datation : fin iie-début iiie s., d’après la paléographie (EDR).

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