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Aurelius Hermodorus

Praeses of the Noric Mediterranean province, of equestrian rank, restaured the Mithraeum of Virunum in 311.

  • Mithraic inscription of Aurelius Hermodorus

    Mithraic inscription of Aurelius Hermodorus
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

of Aurelius Hermodorus

  • Aurelius Hermodorus was a brother of the Mithraeum of Virunum. He was a(n) Governor (praeses) of the Noric Meditarrenaen province.
  • Active c. 311 in Noricum.


The inscription from Virunum was dedicated by Aurelius Hermodorus, a vi(r) p(erfectissimus) and provincial governor, p(raeses) p(rovinciae) N(orici) m(edi)t(erranei). London and Virunum were provincial capitals, Wiesbaden is very close to Mainz, the capital of Germania I, on the opposite side of the Rhine. There is ample evidence for renewed Roman activities on the right bank of the river in the area of Wiesbaden-Kastel and Wiesbaden in the in Diocletianic and Constantinian periods (Czysz 1994, 216-217). That the marble inscription in the spa town of Wiesbaden (Aquae Mattiacorum) was dedicated by a governor is at least not inconceivable, nor is it in the case of London.

Sauer (1996) The End of Paganism in the North-Western Provinces of the Roman Empire


Inscription of the praeses Aurelius Hermodorus

This marble gives some details of the reconstruction of the Virunum Mithraeum.

TNMM 455

D(eo) i(nvicto) M(ithrae) templum vetusta(te) / conlabsum quot (sic) fuit / per annos amplius / L desertum, Aur(elius) / Hermodorus v(ir) p(erfectissimus) pr(aeses) pr(ovinciae) N(orici) / M(edi)t(erranei) a novo restitui fecit. / Quot edificatum est divo / Maximiano VIII et Maximino it(e)r(um) / A(u)gg(ustis) con(sulibus) Quar (tinio) Ursiniano cur (ante).
To the invincible god Mithras. This temple that collapsed because of age, which was abandoned for more than 50 years, Aurelius Hermodorus, a most perfect man, governor of the province of Mediterranean Noricum, restored from scratch. This construction was done during the eighth consulship of the divine Maximianus Augustus and second consulship of Maximinus Augustus, with Quartinius Ursinianus overseeing the work.



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