Caius Accius Hedychrus

Pater Patrum at Emerita Augusta

  • Vista interior de la Casa del Mitreo

    Vista interior de la Casa del Mitreo 

  • Altar by Marcus Valerius Secundus of Merida

    Altar by Marcus Valerius Secundus of Merida
    The New Mithraeum / Olivier-Antoine Reÿnès (CC BY-SA) 

  • Cautopates of Mérida

    Cautopates of Mérida
    The New Mithraeum / Olivier-Antoine Reÿnès (CC BY-NC-SA) 

  • Mercury of Merida

    Mercury of Merida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-NC-SA) 

  • Oceanus of Merida

    Oceanus of Merida
    Tintern (CC BY-NC) 



The pater Gaius Accius Hedychrus was promoted to the higher rank of pater patrum, as indicated by the sculpture of Oceanus, which must be later than the rest of the monuments found in the Great Mithraeum of Emerita, with his name inscribed on it.

He was probably a freedman of the gens Accii.

His community
at Casa del Mitreo de Mérida


Mentioned in

Altar of Merida consecrated by Marcus Valerius Secundus

This altar is dedicated to the birth of Mithras by a frumentarius of the Legio VII Geminae.

Ann(o) Col(oniae) CLXXX / aram genesis / Inuicti Mithrae / M(arcus) Val(erius) Secundus / fr(umentarius) Leg(ionis) VII Gem(inae) dono / ponendam merito curauit / G(aio) Accio Hedychro patre
In the year 180 of the Colony, Marcus Valerius Secundus, frumentarius of the Legion VII Gemina, took care of placing the altar of the birth of the Invictus Mithras, as a due offering, being pater Gaius Accius Hedychrus

Cautopates from Casa del Mitreo of Mérida

The sculpture of the solar god is signed by its author, Demetrios.

Invicto sacrum C. Curius Avitus / Acci(o) Hedychro pa(tre).
Δημήτριος ἐποίει
Dedicated to the invincible. Caius Curius Avitus, Accius Hedychrus being Father.
Demetros made it.

Mercury of Mérida

The statue of Mercury in Merida bears a dedication from the Roman Pater of a community in the city in 155.

Ann(o) col(oniae) CLXXX / invicto deo Mithrae / sacr(um) / G(aius) Accius Hedychrus / Pater / a(nimo) (libente) plosuit).
In the colony's 180th year. Consecrated to the invincible god Mithras. Gaius Accius Hedychrus, Father, willingly deposited this.

Oceaunus of Mérida

The sculpture of Oceanus in Merida bears an inscription by the Pater Patrorum Gaius Accius Hedychrus.

G(aius) Acc(ius) Hedychrus / p(ater) patrum
Gaius Accius Hedychrus pater patrum

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