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Tauroctony of Syracuse

The Mithra Tauroctonos from Syracuse, Sicily, is currently on display in the city's archaeological museum.
18 May 2021
Updated 18 Jan 2022
Tauroctony exposed at the Museo Archeologico di Siracusa

Tauroctony exposed at the Museo Archeologico di Siracusa
The New Mithraeum / Jorge Gallo (CC BY-NC-SA)


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The statue is very damaged. Mithras is missing his head, almost both full arms, right foot and cape. We can see the belly of the bull and part of his rear right leg.

Fragment of greyish marble relief (H. 0.57 Br. 0.55 D.0.18), found at Syracusae at the demolition of Spanish fortifications. Syracuse, Arch. Museum (Inv. No. 8478).

Mithras as a bullkiller. Of the god the trunk only has been preserved; of the bull the fore-part has got lost. On the belly of the animal the point of a snake's tongue is visible.

Pace l.c.

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