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Altar with Sol from Ptuj

This altar, found in the 3rd mithraeum of Ptuj, bears an inscription and a relief of Sol and a person with a cornucopia.
  • Altar with Sol from Ptuj

    Altar with Sol from Ptuj
    Ortolf Harl 

  • Altar with Sol from Ptuj

    Altar with Sol from Ptuj
    Ortolf Harl 

  • Altar with Sol from Ptuj

    Altar with Sol from Ptuj
    Ortolf Harl 

The New Mithraeum
27 Oct 2023

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White marble altar (H. 1.02 Br. 0.54 D. 0.35) found near 5. Inv. No. 295.

Abramic, 180f No. 243 and fig. 127; AIJ I, 148f No. 315 and fig. See figs. 406-407.

On its r. side naked Sol standing on a protruding stone base. His head is surrounded by twelve rays; in his upraised r.h. a whip and in his outstretched l.h. a globe. Behind him four heads of horses in clouds indicate his quadriga.

On the l. side a person with a corona muralis on his head. He holds a cornucopia in his l.h. and with his r.h. he is pouring out a patera above an altar.

On its front is the inscription No. 1592.

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