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Tiberius Claudius Hermes

He commissioned the main cult relief found in the Mithraeum of Circo Massimo.



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Tiberius Claudius Hermes, libertus of Tiberius Claudius Secundus. The latter is elsewhere attested as uiator tribunicius, lictor curiatus, and had been personally honoured by the businessmen who trade in the slave market (statarium). Near to this marked place for Roman negotiatores and in contact with the local Ephesian community, Hermes decided to present his bilingual benefaction together with his son Hermias. Later, the same Hermias entered as a Roman ingenuus into the political body of a polis in which he reached the top office of secretary of the people. At the same time, he did not disregard the close relationship with his father’s patron and was actually responsible for the decision of the city to honour Tiberius Claudius Secundus. In the end, some of Hermias’ descendants might have even reached consular rank.

—Aitor BLANCO PÉREZ (2020) Mixed-Language Inscriptions, Social Groups and Freedmen in Roman Ephesus


Tauroctony of Circo Massimo

This remarkable marble relief from the end of the 3rd century was discovered in the most remote room of the Mithraeum in the Circo Massimo.

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Deo Soli Invicto Mithrae Ti(tus) Cl(audius) Hermes ob votum dei typum d(onum) d(edit).
To the Sun god Mithra, Tiberius Claudius Hermes following a vow offers the image of the god.



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