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Main Tauroctony relief from Dura Europos

The main relief of Mithras killing the bull from the Mithraeum of Dura Europos includes three persons named Zenobius, Jariboles and Barnaadath.
2 Jun 2021
One of the tauroctony reliefs from Dura Europos

One of the tauroctony reliefs from Dura Europos


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Large relief in white gypsum (H. 0.67 Br. 1.05 D. 0.10). Above the smaller relief No. 37.

Mithras tauroctone in Eastern attire (Phrygian cap, cloak, tunic, trousers) sits full front on the bull's back. Between the knee and left fore leg of the bull there are seven small altars. Scorpion and torchbearers are lacking; a small dog and snake try to reach the bull's wound. On the top of Mithras' cloak perches a raven which faces the god. Above Mithras' head the bust of a bearded god (Saturn-Serapis) who wears a kalathos and radiate crown.

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