Of Semitic origin, Absalmos has dedicated a tauroctonic relief to Mithras in ancient Syria.
Biography of Absalmos
- Absalmos was a brother.
- Active c. 3rd century in Syria.
The name Absalmos, derived from the Aramaic ‘b(d)šlm’ ‘servant of Shalman’, is only found in Dura, Palmyra, Hatra, Edessa, and the mid-Euphrates in general, and is a further confirmation, alongside the Duran iconographic parallels, of the relief’s Syrian provenance. We may assume that Absalmos was the current Father of the community. De Jong suggests a date between late II and late III cent. AD: it is not possible to be more specific.
Tauroctony of Absalmos
The relief depict several unusual scenes from Mithras's myth.
ἐκ τῶν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ ̕Αβσάλμου
Because of the things (received) from the God, in the time of Absalmos.
- Richard Gordon. A new Mithraic relief in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem