The Mithraeum at Marino

Mithras and the bull, fresco from Temple of Mithras, Marino, Italy, dated 2-nd AD.

1. The sanctuary’s bottom with the bull’s killing picture and an altar at the center which makes know the dedicator’s name, Crescens, manager of M. Alfius Severus.

2. Mithras killing the bull.

3. The dog and the snake rush upon the wound to avoid that the blood goes down.

4. God Sun from whom some rays depart, striking the god Mithras.

5. The giant struck by Jupiter.

6. Personification of the Moon.

7. Oceanus lying down.

8. Mithras’ birth from the rock

9. Mithras taming the bull.

10. Mithras carries the bull in the cavern.

11. Pact of alliance between Mithras and the Sun.

12. Kneeled Sun struck by the god Mithras.

13. Mithras throws the arrow on a rock from which the water gushes.

Photos by Carlo Pavia.

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