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Altar to Petra Genetrix from Carnuntum

Aelius Nigrinus dedicated this small altar in Carnuntum to the rock from which Mithras was born.
Altar to Petra Genetrix from Carnuntum

Altar to Petra Genetrix from Carnuntum
Ortolf Harl 

The New Mithraeum
3 Nov 2023
Updated on Nov 2023

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Six altars in sandstone were erected in a semi-circle, four of which have inscriptions (Arneth in Sb. Akad. Wien XI, 1853, 33lf; v. Sacken, Taf. I, 2-4 and 340; Arneth, 332, 1; 333, 3):

Altar with volutes (H. 0.52 Br. 0.24-0.27 D. 0.21). Inv. No. III, 80. Traces of red colour in the letters.

CIL III 4424; MMM II 369.

L.H. 0.02-0.03.

Petrae / genetrici / P. Ae(lius) Nigri(nus sacerd(os) / v(otum) s(olvit).

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