Tauroctony stele of Nicopolis ad Istrum

The Tauroctony of Nicopolis ad Istrum is unique as it is the only Mithraic stele befitting a Greek donor.
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
21 Aug 2021
Updated on 29 Oct 2022
Mithras stele of Nicopolis ad Istrum

Mithras stele of Nicopolis ad Istrum
N. Sharankov


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Marble stele (H 1.20m; L 0.62m; T 0.25m). In the upper part there is a tauroctony relief in a carved out square. Inside the square there is an inscription; height of letters 0.02/0.014-0.015 m. End of 2nd – beginning of 3rd c. AD.

The newly published inscription was somehow unnoticed by the previous editors, and it is older than the inscription surrounding the carved-out square. Therefore it is assistant-fuller Galerios, son of Proteos, who dedicated the monument.

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