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Mithraeum VI of Aquincum

A sixth temple dedicated to Mithras has been identified for the first time in the military sector of the ancient Roman city of Aquincum.
  • General view of the excavation of the Mithraeum VI of Aquincum

    General view of the excavation of the Mithraeum VI of Aquincum
    Kovács Olivér 

  • Fragment of painted altar with the inscription Tra(n)sito.

    Fragment of painted altar with the inscription Tra(n)sito.
    Kovács Olivér 

  • Fragment of painted altar with inscription to Tra(n)situs (Dei).

    Fragment of painted altar with inscription to Tra(n)situs (Dei).
    Kovács Olivér 

 
The New Mithraeum
11 Dec 2023

TNMM 760

A new mithraeum has been identified for the first time in the military sector of Aquincum, today in the suburbs of Budapest, well known for including other five temples and many remains dedicated to Mithras.

The excavations were carried out by the Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum) under the direction of experts Tamás Milbich and Tibor Balogh Budai. This new Mithraeum, named Mithraeum VI by the Hungarian scholar Csaba Szabó, has yielded well-preserved remains suggesting that the sanctuary functioned at least until the end of the 3rd century.

Among the finds are altar stones with remains of stucco and paint, a lead votive with figures wearing Phrygian bonnets, a bull’s skull and an accompanying lamp, as well as fragments of a stone bowl and a wall painting.

The site, located on the site of the former Szeszgyár factory in Óbuda, is currently being developed for residential purposes. Further excavations in the spring of 2024 should provide a better understanding of the role and influence of the cult of Mithras in the religious milieu of ancient Aquincum.

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