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Monumentum

Tauroctony of Ottavio Zeno

The relief of Mithras slaying the bull by Ottavio Zeno is lost, but two tablets of Cautes and Cautopates, which were part of the same ensemble, has been exposed at the Louvre.
 
 
14 Jun 2009
 
  • Andreu Abuín 

  • Unknown 

  • Cabeza dorada de Mitra encontrada en el Mitreo de Castra Peregrinorum bajo Santo Stefano Rotondo. s. II d.C.

    Cabeza dorada de Mitra encontrada en el Mitreo de Castra Peregrinorum bajo Santo Stefano Rotondo. s. II d.C.
    Mary Harrsch 

 

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Marble relief, formerly in the house of Ottavio Zeno near the Theatre of Pompejus. Lost.

Mithras slaying the bull, whose tail is ending in two ears. The god wears a broad belt around his chest and he carries the dagger-sheath at his side. The dog with collar near the wound; a serpent creeps over the ground; the scorpion grasps the genitals; a lion lies on the ground; the raven is perched above Mithras' flying cloak. On either side of this scene a tree is represented. Behind the bull a fruitbearing tree.
 
 

Related monuments

Mitreo di Santo Stefano Rotondo

The pagan temple was discovered under the church of Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome, in one of the buildings of Casta Peregrinorum.

Petrogeny of Santo Stefano Rotondo

The sculpture of Mithras rock-birth from Santo Stefano Rotondo bears an inscription of Aurelius Bassinus, curator of the cult.

Head of Mithras from Santo Stefano Rotondo

The head was part of a stucco relief of the Tauroctony found under the church of Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome

Second Petrogeny of Santo Stefano Rotondo

The second statue of Mithras rock-birth was found in the Mitreo di Santo Stefano Rotondo shows a childish Mitras emerging from the rock.

 

Tauroctony of Santo Stefano Rotondo

The relief of Mithras killing the bull of Stefano Rotodon preserves part of his polycromy and depicts two unusual figures: Hesperus and an owl.

 

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