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Tauroctony/Repast of Castra Pretoria

This fragment of a double relief shows a tauroctony on one side and the sacred meal, including a serving Corax, on the other.
Tauroctony of Castra Pretoria

Tauroctony of Castra Pretoria

The New Mithraeum
13 Oct 2023

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Fragment of a white marble relief (H. 0.20 Br. 0.155 D. 0.04), found in the Castra Pretoria. Mannheim, Schlossmuseum.

Cumont in RA (S. 3) XLI, 1902, 10ff and figs. 1-2 (d. AJA 1902, 48); Antonielli in BCR 1912, 243ff; Report, 108. See fig. 113.

The obverse shows the representation of Mithras slaying the bull. Only a part of the flying cloak and a fragment of the tunic have been preserved. His foot stands on the hoof of the bull, whose tail ends in ears. The scorpion is at the testicles.

The reverse shows the scene of a repast. Visible is the upper part of Mithras' body, who reclines