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Mitreo di Piazza della Navicella

Several fragmentary Mithraic remains dedicated by a certain Agatho in the Caelius suggest that a Mithraeum existed in the area.
  • Fragments of a Mithraic relief.

    Fragments of a Mithraic relief.

  • Altar with Minerva and a water god

    Altar with Minerva and a water god
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  • Altar with Minerva and a water god

    Altar with Minerva and a water god


The New Mithraeum
3 Sep 2023

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On the Caelius a Mithraeum seems to have existed on the spot where nowadays the Piazza della Navicella is situated, or in its immediate surroundings (cf. Colini, Storia Celio, 48). Here in May 1555 the two following monuments were discovered, dug up by Girolamo Altieri in area Divae Mariae semper Virginis in Coelio monte cognomento in Domnica (cf. B. Aegius in a note to the Bibliotheca of Apollodorus, f. 1,2.1; .see CIL VI 81).

These monuments were transported to the Palazzo Altieri al Gesù, and were copied here by Pighius (Bibl. Berl. ms. lat. A 61 f. 9) and by Giovantonio Dosio (cf.

Related monuments

Fragments of a Mithriac relief with Jupiter and Sol

These three fragments of carved marble depict Jupiter, Sol, Luna and a naked man wearing a Phrygian cap, with inscriptions calling Mithras Sanctus Dominum.

Altar with Minerva and a water god

According to the inscription on it, this altar probably supported a statue of Jupiter.

Relief of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva

This marble relief bears an inscription by Marcus Modius Agatho, who dedicated several monuments to Mithras on the Caelian Hill in Rome.