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Basin of Mitreo della Planta Pedis

This marble basin found in the Mithraeum of the Footprint bears an inscription of a certain Umbilius Criton, associated with a monumental tauroctonic sculpture also found in Ostia.
Mithraic basin from Ostia

Mithraic basin from Ostia
Francesco Massa 2021 

The New Mithraeum
17 Mar 2022

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Circular marble basin (R. 0.25 diam. 0.60) with inscription on its border.


[In]victo Mithrae d(onum) d(edit) M(arcus) Umbilius Criton sum Pyladen vil[ico].

Criton (cf. inscr. No. 231) probably was a libertus of M. Umbilius Maximinus (CIL XIV, 177 and 251) who was a patronus of the corpus lenunculariorum tabulariorum auxiliariorum, ostiensium in 192 A.D. cf. G. Barbieri, l'Albo senatorio di Settimio Severo a Carino (193-285), Roma 1952, 184f.
Becatti, Mitrei Ostia, 83 and Pl. XVI, 2.

Related monuments

Mitreo della Planta Pedis

The floor of the central aisle of the Mithraeum of the Footprint in Ostia has a mosaic depicting a snake and a footprint.

Basin with inscription from Mitreo della Planta Pedis

The dedicator of this marble basin could be the same person who offered the sculpture of Mithras slaying the bull in the Mitreo delle Terme di Mitra.

Altar of the Mitreo della Planta Pedis

The altar includes a slab with an inscription for the salvation of two emperors.

Coin of Valerian and Sol

This coin was deposited in the upper level of the throne in the cult niche of the Mitreo della Planta Pedis.


Inscription of Hermes to Silvanus

This inscription, found in the Mitreo della Planta Pedis, among some other monuments in Ostia, suggests a link between Mithras and Silvanus.