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Mitreo Fagan

The Mitreo Fagan revealed remarkable sculptures of leon-headed figures now exposed at the Vatican Museum.
19 Jun 2009
  • Tauroctonia del Mitreo Fagan, Ostia

    Tauroctonia del Mitreo Fagan, Ostia 

  • Leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan

    Leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan
    Andreu Abuín 

  • Detalle del leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan

    Detalle del leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan
    Andreu Abuín 


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This mithraeum was excavated by the Irish painter Robert Fagan between 1794 and 1802. Today it cannot be seen. It must be somewhere between the Palazzo Imperiale and the ancient mouth of the Tiber (Tor Boacciana). In the shrine a marble sculptural group was found of Mithras killing the bull (now in the Vatican Museums).

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Tauroctony marble from Mitreo Fagan

The sculpture has an inscription where Mithras is called the undiscoverable deity.

Aion of Mitreo Fagan

The marble Aion from the lost Mithraeum Fagan, Ostia, now presides the entrance to the Vatican Library.


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