Mithraic relief - ROM2007_9455_1


Mithraic relief

Medium:Sculpted marble (heavily restored)
Geography: Attributed to Rome, Italy
Date: 2nd century AD, possibly about 160 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
96.5 x 141 x 14.8 cm
Object number: 927.68
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

Mithraic Relief

In Persian Zoroastrianism, Mithras was a god of light, truth, and the promised word. In this Roman relief, he wears the Persian costume of folded cap, tunic, and trousers. Mithraism was adapted by the Romans as a mystery cult, much favoured by the Roman army. The cult was exclusively for men. The slaying of the mystic bull implies the triumph of good over evil, the giving of immortality and happiness beyond the grave.

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