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Monumentum

Mithraeum of Sarmizegetusa

The large number of monuments found at the Mithraeum of Sarmizegetusa and the sheer size of the temple are unusual.
  • Plan of the sanctuary with the position of the small finds

    Plan of the sanctuary with the position of the small finds
    Csaba Szabó after Király 1886 

  • Tauroctony of Sarmizegetusa

    Tauroctony of Sarmizegetusa
    The New Mithraeum / Olivier-Antoine Reÿnès (CC BY-SA) 

  • Aion of Sarmizegetusa

    Aion of Sarmizegetusa
    CIMRM 

  • Cautopates by Synethus.

    Cautopates by Synethus.
    Muzeul Sarmizegetusa, Ortolf Harl 2010 

  • Cautopates by Synethus.

    Cautopates by Synethus.
    Szabo Csaba 2010 

  • Cautes of Sarmizegetusa

    Cautes of Sarmizegetusa
    O. Harl, lupa 17592 

  • Cautes of Sarmizegetusa

    Cautes of Sarmizegetusa
    Muzeul Sarmizegetusa Ortolf Harl 2010 

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  • Column to Nabarze of Protas.

    Column to Nabarze of Protas.
    Ortolf Harl 2010 

  • Column to Nabarze of Protas.

    Column to Nabarze of Protas.
    Ortolf Harl 2010 

  • Column to Nabarze of Protas, inscription.

    Column to Nabarze of Protas, inscription.
    Ortolf Harl 2010 

  • Column to Nabarze of Protas, bird 1.

    Column to Nabarze of Protas, bird 1.
    Ortolf Harl 2010 

  • Column to Nabarze of Protas, bird 2.

    Column to Nabarze of Protas, bird 2.
    Ortolf Harl 2010 

  • Column to Nabarze of Protas, bull.

    Column to Nabarze of Protas, bull.
    Ortolf Harl 2010 

 
 
The New Mithraeum
2 Jun 2009
Updated on Sep 2023
 

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Between 1882 and 1883 PálKirály and his team excavated the only Mithraic sanctuary (mihraeum) known from Colonia Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. The mithraeum was published in a separate monograph and in various articles, attracting also the interest of the international scholarship – entering in the bibliography, as the „biggest” sanctuary ever found outside Rome.

[…] Without entering in details about the excavation, it is important to mention some particularities of this find. First, the extreme number of the monuments (around 260 artifacts) is so unusual, that it suggest or a

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Tauroctony relief of Sarmizegetusa

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Petrogeny of Sarmizegetusa

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

Cautopates of Sarmizegetusa with scorpion

The Cautopates with scorpion found in 1882 in Sarmizegetusa includes an inscription of a certain slave known as Synethus.

Cautes with bull head of Sarmizegetusa

This sculpture of Cautes holding a bull's head was found in 1882 in Sarmizegetusa, Romania.

 

Altar of Sarmizegetusa by Hermadio

This altar was erected by Hermadio, who also signed other monuments in Dacia and even in Rome.

Column to Nabarze of Protas

This column found in the Mithraeum of Sarmizegetusa bears an inscription to Nabarze instead of Mithras.