Mithras sacrificing at the vernal equinox

A stone in basso relievo found 10 foot underground in Micklegate York in 1747.
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
12 May 2021
Updated on 15 Jan 2022
MITHRAS sacrificing at the vernal equinox

MITHRAS sacrificing at the vernal equinox
British Library


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This pen and ink sketch of a basso relievo depicting the Roman god Mithras was drawn by the antiquarian William Stukeley (1687–1765). The relief itself was found 10 foot underground, in Micklegate, York, in 1747.

In a letter accompanying the sketch, Stukeley describes the relief as depicting:

Mithras sacrificing a bull, in the Spring quarter at the suns entrance into ♉ the figures at bottom twisted round with a snake, I take it to be gemini II to that sign, producing the whole variety of natures works, by new generations.

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