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Altar of Adiectus from Carnuntum

There is no consensus as to whether the altar of the slave Adiectus from Carnuntum is dedicated to a Mithras genitor of light.
Altar of Adlectus from Carnuntum

Altar of Adlectus from Carnuntum
Ubi Erat Lupa / Ortolf Harl 

The New Mithraeum
13 Nov 2023

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Altar (H. 0.90 Br. 0.42 D. 0.39). Inv. III, 38.

CIL III 4414; MMM II No. 370.

L.H. 0.045-0.06.

D(eo) i(nvicto) M(ithrae) / Adiec(tus) / ser(vus) T(iberii) C(laudii?) v ... / gen(itori) lum(inis) / v(otum) s(olvit) l(ibens) l(aetus) m(erito).

genitori luminis: cf. Cumont, "Mithra et l’Orphisme" in RHR 1934, 66 n. 6 and MMM I, 359ff.

This epithet of the genitor is found in an inscription engraved on an altar discovered in 1853 in the first mithreum at Carnuntum in Pannonia. However, this dedication of a possible Adiec(tus) to Mithras poses a number of problems, both in terms…

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