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Syndexios

Silvestrius Silvinus

Quadratarius who made some mithraic monuments including the two-sided relief of Dieburg

  • Plan of the Mithraeum of Dieburg

    Plan of the Mithraeum of Dieburg
    Tertullian.org 

  • Front side of the relief of Dieburg.

    Front side of the relief of Dieburg.
    Pierre-Selim Huard 

Biography
of Silvestrius Silvinus

TNMP 54

Of Gallic origin (among the Bituriges). Together with other syndexioi, he offered the remarkable bifacial relief of Dieburg. The inscription mentions two craftsmen brothers, one a sculptor and the other a shoemaker, as well as their son and nephew.

Silvestrius Silvinus is certainly the sculptor (quadratarius) who made the relief. His name also appears on a statue of Diana of Dieburg.

Mentions

Two-sided relief of Dieburg

The relief of Dieburg shows Mithras riding a horse as main figure, surrounded by several scenes of the myth.

TNMM 231

[Side A:] D(eo) i(nvicto) M(ithrae) / Silves/trius / Silvi/nius et Silvestrius Pe[rpetus et A]urelius nepos / v(otum) s(olverunt) l(ibentes) l(aeti) m(erito). /
Perpetus fra/te[r] artis sutor(iae). / Silvinus ar/tis quadratari/ae Aureli[us ---] d(ono) d(ederunt).

[Side B:] D(eo) S(oli) i(nvicto) M(ithrae) Silvestrius Sil(v)inu[s] et Silvestrius Perpetus et Silvinius Aurelius.
[Side A:] To the invincible god Mithras, Silvestrius Silvinus, Silvestrius Perpetus and Silvinius Aurelius.
[Side B:] To the invincible god Mithras, Silvestrius Silvinus, Silvestrius Perpetus and [Silvinus?] Aurelius, their nephew, fulfilled their vow willingly, gladly and deservedly. Perpetus, brother, a cobbler by trade, and Silvinus, a sculptor by trade, Aurelius [---] gave this as a gift.

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