The collection of sculptures (coll. Péretié) was bought by de Clercq in Paris in 1882 and is now deposited with Comte Louis de Boisgelin, 5 rue Masseran, Paris (VII). Actually, they are in the Musée du Louvre.
The Mithraeum of Sidon escaped destruction because the followers of Mithra walled off the entrance to the underground sanctuary. Evidence supports the belief that the sanctuary may have been beneath the foundations of the present Greek Catholic Arch bishopric.
About the Mithraeum at Sidon (Saida), the article of the journalist Durighello, which has been published again by Reinach, does not give satisfactory explanation. Part of his statements, especially those about the finds, is based on the truth; according to de Ridder, however, one has "demesurement grossi l'importance d'une decouverte reélle". Beside the statues, niches are mentioned, in which they shall have been placed, and a tesselated floor. According to the seleucid era the Mithraeum must have existed in the second century, assuming, however, the autonomic era of the city itself, the sanctuary existed in the fourth one. The last dating has been proposed by E. Will in Syria XXVII, 1950, 261ff,1 especially the name of one of the dedicators Fl. Gerontios points into this direction. The collection of sculptures (coll. Péretié) was bought by de Clercq in Paris in 1882 and is now deposited with Comte Louis de Boisgelin, 5 Rue Masseran, Paris (VII). To his kindness we owe that we have been in the opportunity to study the documents.
- City Sidon
- Country Syria
- Latitude and longitude 35.370108, 33.562416
- Dating 101, 301
- CIMRM 74
- TNM mmtesy000011
- Monumentum Mithra inmolando al Toro (del Mitreo de Sidón)
- Monumentum Relieve de Mitra tauroctono de Sidon
- Monumentum Leontocéfalo de Sidon
- Monumentum Mitra cargando con el Toro
- Monumentum Cautes de Sidón
- Monumentum Cautopates de Sidón
- Monumentum Cautes de Sidón con hacha
- Monumentum Cautes de Sidón con hacha 2
- Liber La date du mithréum de Sidon
@Ron, there is indeed a city called Saida in Lebanon as well as in Syria. This Mithraeum was found in the second one. Regards.
For rectification, Saïda or Sidon is in Lebanon