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Syndexios

Marcus Aemilius Epaphroditus

Pater and priest of the Mitreo delle Sette Sfere

  • General view of the Mitraeum of the Seven Spheres

    General view of the Mitraeum of the Seven Spheres
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Tauroctonia del Mitreo delle Sette Sfere, Ostia

    Tauroctonia del Mitreo delle Sette Sfere, Ostia
    Musei Vaticani 

Biography
of Marcus Aemilius Epaphroditus

Mentions

Inscription found in the Mitreo delle Sette Sfere

As this short inscription indicates, Aemilio Epaphorodito was both Pater and priest of the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres.

TNMM 462

M. Aemilio / Epaphrodito / patre et sacerdote.
To Marcus Aemilius Epaphroditus, Pater and priest.

Inscription of Tellius Agatho in Mitreo delle Sette Sfere

This inscription found in the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres mentions the Pater Marco Aemiliio Epaphrodito known from other monuments in Ostia.

TNMM 487

L(ucius) Tullius Agatho / deo Inuicto Soli / Mithrae aram d(ono) d(edit) / eanque (sic) dedicauit ob / honore(m) dei, M(arco) Aemilio / Epaphrodito, patre.
Lucius Tullius Agatho donated the altar to the Undefeated Sun God Mithras and dedicated it in honour of the god, while Marcus Aemilius Epaphroditus was pater.

Tauroctony of the Mitreo delle Sette Sfere

The relief of Mithras slaying the bull from the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres was discovered in 1802 by Petirini by order of Pope Pius VII.

TNMM 144

A. Decimius A(uli) f(ilius) Pal(atina) Decimianus s(ua) p(ecunia) restituit. //

A. Decimius A(uli) f(ilius) Pal(atina) Decimianus aedem / cum suo pronao ipsumque deum solem Mithra / et marmoribus et omni cultu sua p(ecunia) restituit. //

M. Aemilio / Epaphrodito / patre et sacerdote.
Aulus Decimius Decimianus, son of Aulus, of the Palatina tribe, at his own expense, restored it.

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