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Monumentum

Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale

A mosaic by Silvanus, dated to the time of Commodus, was found in a niche in a nearby room of the Mithraeum in the Imperial Palace at Ostia.
 
 
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19 Jun 2009
 
  • The shrine seen from the south

    The shrine seen from the south
    Jan Theo Bakker / Ostia-antica.org 

  • Mosaico del suelo del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale (Ostia)

    Mosaico del suelo del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale (Ostia)
    Jan Theo Bakker / Ostia-antica.org 

  • Altar del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale con una inscripción de C. Caelius Hermeros

    Altar del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale con una inscripción de C. Caelius Hermeros
    Jan Theo Bakker / Ostia-antica.org 

  • Grabado del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale de 1860.

    Grabado del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale de 1860.
    Seen from the south, imprint from 1860 

  • The shrine seen from the south

    The shrine seen from the south
    Jan Theo Bakker / Ostia-antica.org 

  • Bases y esculturas de Cautes y Cautopates del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale, Ostia.

    Bases y esculturas de Cautes y Cautopates del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale, Ostia. 

 

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Near the 'Terme Marittime' (Bloch, Bolli lat., 278 = BCR LXVI, 1938, 146) in a room of a large palace (Palazzo Imperiale) a Mithraeum was excavated in 1860-1861 (Reg. III, Is. VIII).

Before the main-entrance, there was a small apartment, which must have served as a pronaos. In it was a mosaic of Silvanus (see infra) and an altar (now lost). In the middle of the apartment the remnants of a 'chimney' ('cammino') were found, probably behind an altar. On entering the sanctuary, one notices a peculiar altar.

The Mithraeum itself (L. 16.70 Br. 5.
 
 

Related monuments

Cautes and Cautópates of Palazzo Imperiale

The sculptures of Cautes and Cautopates from the Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale may have been reused from an older mithraeum in Ostia.

 

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