Nonius Victor Olympus
Pater Patrum and Senator. He was also the patriarch of the Olympian dynasty, overseeing a Mithraic community in the centre of Rome.
Biography of Nonius Victor Olympus
- Nonius Victor Olympus was a Pater of the Mitreo di S. Silvestro in Capite.
- Active c. 357 in Roma, Latium (Italia).
Patriarch of the Olympius family, of senatorial rank, who for at least three generations watched over a Mithraic community in the 4th century Rome.
Nonius is probably the founder of the congregation, qualified in 357-362 as Pater Patrum. Father of Aurelius Victor Augentius, grandfather of Emilianus Corfo Olympius and Tamesius Augentius Olympius.
'These men held the rank of vir clarissimi, except for Aemilianus who is listed as a clarissimus puero, indicating he was only a child when he was initiated. Aemilianos also holds the unusual title of hierocoracica, which appears to be an alternative form of corax.'
—David Walsh (2018) The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity
Altar to a Perses of S. Silvestro in Capite
This monument was erected on the occasion of the elevation of a member to the Mithraic grade of Perses.
Inscription of the Olympius for a Leo
The inscription explains the transmission of the fourth Mithraic degree through the Paters of the Mitraeum of San Silvestro.
- David Walsh (2018) The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity