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Iulius Rasci

Alias Iulius Racci

Roman citizen who dedicated an altar to the invincible Mithras in Teutoburgium.

  • Altar of Iulius Rasci from Borovo

    Altar of Iulius Rasci from Borovo
    Arhiv Gradskoga muzeja Vukovar 

of Iulius Rasci

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Iulius Rasci or Racci dedicated a Roman altar discovered in Borovo, Croatia. The use of "Iulius" suggests that his family may have acquired Roman citizenship in the early imperial period, indicating possible long-term integration into Roman society. The ambiguity of the surname, wheter Rasci or Racci, due to damage to the altar, leaves the exact identity and background largely speculative.

There is no record in the Onomasticon provinciarum Europae Latinarum (OPEL) of any cognomina or gentilicia beginning with "RASCI" or "RACCI". Iulius Rasci or Racci’s involvement in Mithraic worship is in keeping with the general trend of the cult’s popularity among Roman military personnel, freedmen and slaves in Pannonia during this period.

His devotion to Mithras, together with the historical context, suggests that he may have been a soldier or veteran, possibly involved in the customs or financial services of the Roman province of Pannonia.


  • Inga Vilogorac Brčić; Laurent Bricault (2021) ‘Mithras in Teutoburgium.’ Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu, 38(2),199-204.


Altar of Iulius Rasci from Borovo

TNMM 752

This Mithraic altar of a certain Iulius Rasci or Racci was found in 1979 in a field in Borovo, Croatia, in the area of the Roman fort of Teutoburgium.

Invicto / Mitre / Iul(ius) Rasci or Racci /[—].
To the Invincible Mithras Iulius Rasci[—] or Racci[—]...



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