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Monumentum

Altar with Mithras rock-birth of Nida

The Mithraic stele from Nida depicts the Mithras Petrogenesis and the gods Cautes, Cautopates, Heaven and Ocean.
 
 
Mithraeum.eu
13 Jan 2022
Updated 17 Jan 2022
 
  • Front view of Petrogenesis altar of Nida

    Front view of Petrogenesis altar of Nida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

  • Right side of Petrogenesis altar of Nida

    Right side of Petrogenesis altar of Nida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

  • Right side of Petrogenesis altar of Nida

    Right side of Petrogenesis altar of Nida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

  • Eagle on the right side of the altar of Nida

    Eagle on the right side of the altar of Nida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

 

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Stele in basalt (H. 0.94 Br. 0.30 D. 0.22) found in the centre of the cella.

The stele is decorated on three sides with reliefs; the back is partially rough. The reliefs are divided into two parts by a horizontal rim.

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The front has the form of an aedicola. In a niche with two Corinthian columns is the representation of Mithras' rockbirth. In his upraised hands a torch (l.h.) and a knife (r.h.); no Phrygian cap. The pediment has on its cornice an inscription, which is continued on the horizontal rim and on the pedestal. In the pediment a leaf ornament.
 
 

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