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City of Darkness fresco of Hawarte

The City of Darkness unique fresco from the Mithraeum of Hawarte shows the tightest links between the western and eastern worship of Mithras in Roman Syria.
 
 
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21 Aug 2021
 
  • The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum

    The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology 

  • The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum

    The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology 

 

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The painting found in the inner sanctuary called City of Darkness by the excavator is so far unique in Mithraic iconography. There are seven shaggy heads visible behind a castle wall. One of these persons seems to be preparing to escape, but all of them are caught by seven light rays.
 
 

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