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Alias Chrestos

Chrestos was a Pater who dedicated a relief to Mithras with his comrade Gauros.

  • Tauroctony relief in Sala dei Animali

    Tauroctony relief in Sala dei Animali
    Carole Raddato 

of Χρῆστος

  • Χρῆστος was a Pater.

TNMP 237

Based on the inscription of the relief of Mithras killing the bull, on display in the Vatican Musei, where his name appears, Χρῆστος was previously thought to be an artist, as first described by Brunn Künstlergesch.

However, I saw, ἐποίησαν only the consecration, since πατήρ is a priestly title in the Mithraic cult. Kaibel IGI 1272. Loewy Inscription Greek image 457.

—Carl Robert. Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft


  • Vittoria Canciani (2022) Archaeological Evidence of the Cult of Mithras in Ancient Italy


Tauroctony of Chrestos

TNMM 673

This relief of Mithras killing the bull, signed by a certain Χρῆστος, is on display in the Sala dei Animali of the Vatican Museum.

Χρῆστος πατὴρ καὶ Γαῦρος ἐποίησαν.
Chrestos the Pater and Gauros consecrated [this].



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