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Monumentum

Mitreo di Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere preserves frescoes depicting several scenes of the initiation rites.
 
 
Mithraeum.eu
19 Jul 2009
 
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  • Vista interior del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

    Vista interior del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere 

  • Current entrance to the temple.

    Current entrance to the temple.
    Andreu Abuín 

  • Fresco representando la tauroctonia del Mitreo de Capua

    Fresco representando la tauroctonia del Mitreo de Capua 

  • Relieve procedente del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere, con Psyche y Eros.

    Relieve procedente del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere, con Psyche y Eros.
    Mihr* 

  • Andreu Abuín

    Andreu Abuín
    Eros leading Psyche 

  • Estrellas de la bóveda del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

    Estrellas de la bóveda del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere
    Mihr* 

  • Fresco scene of initiation at S. Capua Vetere

    Fresco scene of initiation at S. Capua Vetere
    CIMRM 

  • Fragmento de un fresco del Mitreo de Santa Maria di Capua Vetere

    Fragmento de un fresco del Mitreo de Santa Maria di Capua Vetere
    Marco 

  • Fresco from the initiation ceremony at S. Capua Vetere

    Fresco from the initiation ceremony at S. Capua Vetere
    Vermaseren / Tertullian.org 

  • Cautes fresco on Santa Maria Capua Vetere

    Cautes fresco on Santa Maria Capua Vetere
    Jorge Gallo 

  • CIMRM 182

    CIMRM 182 

  • Scene of the initiation into the Mithras cult.

    Scene of the initiation into the Mithras cult.
    CIMRM 

 

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The Mithraeum at Capua is in many respects one of the most important sanctuaries of the Iranian god who in the first centuries of our era conquered the Roman world. It is decorated with fascinating and original paintings by a number of artists, many of them being unique in their kind. The most interesting, however, are the ones on a number of the front panels of the side benches, which revealed a large part of the initiation rites for the first time.
 
 

Related monuments

Taurcotonia de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The main Tauroctony of the Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere is a fresco including a white bull.

Eros and Psyche

The Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere includes a marble relief depicting a child Eros guiding Psyche through the dark.

Stars of the Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The vault of the Mithraeum of S. Capua Vetere is ornamented with stars with holes in their centres, which used to contain colourful glass decorations.

Fresco of a kneeling figure from Santa Maria Capua Vetere

This scene from the frescoes of the Mithreo di Santa Maria Capua Vetere shows the myste on one knee with the mystagogus behind him.

 

Fresco de Luna en el Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Luna riding a biga in the Mithraeum of Santa Capua Vetere.

Fresco of an initiation in Mitreo of Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Fresco showing a scene of initiation into the mysteries of Mithras in the Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere.

Cautes fresco from Mitreo di Santa Maria Capua Vetere

In the Mithraeum of S. Capua Veteres, Cautes stands between two laurel trees.

A mystes is initiated into the Mithraic Mysteries

This is the first of several scenes depicting the initiation of a new member into the Mysteries of Mithras, in Capua Vetere.

 

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