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MITHRAS sacrificing at the vernal equinox

A stone in basso relievo found 10 foot underground in Micklegate York in 1747.
12 May 2021
MITHRAS sacrificing at the vernal equinox

MITHRAS sacrificing at the vernal equinox
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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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