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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.
The New Mithraeum
22 Sep 2023
Updated on Oct 2023

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Marble slab in different fragments (H. 0.25 Br. 0.46).

L.R. 0.025-0.04.

Silvano / sancto / sacrum / Hermes / M. Iuli Eunici.

Becatti, Mitrei Ostia, 84.

An incomplete marble slab was found in Ostia in 1939 and replaced in one of the tiers of the masonry altar in the mithraeum of planta pedis. It bears an inscription, presumably complete, to Silvanus sanctus.

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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

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Altar of the Mitreo della Planta Pedis

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Basin of Mitreo della Planta Pedis

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Coin of Valerian and Sol

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