Modern door leading to the Mithraeum excavated at Capua, Italy.

Overview of the wall painting showing Mithras slaying the bull while witnessed by Sol (upper left), Luna (upper right), Cautes (middle left), Cautopates (middle right), Oceanus (lower left) and Tethys (lower right). Inside the mithraeum at Capua, Italy. Cautes (

Detail of the wall painting showing Mithras stabbing the Bull of Heaven in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Detail of the dog and snake attacking the Bull of Heaven in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Wall painting of Cautes holding a torch above a burning altar in a shrine framed by two laurel trees in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Detail of the rooster at the feet of Cautes in the wall painting in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Detail of the flaming altar at the feet of Cautes in the wall painting in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Detail of the joined tree branches and stars above the head of Cautes in the wall painting in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

DStretch image using filter ybk of the joined tree branches and stars above the head of Cautes in the wall painting in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Wall painting interpreted as the 1st stage of initiation into the Mysteries of Mithras, from the mithraeum at Capua, Italy. The smaller, blindfolded individual is being initiated.

Wall painting interpreted as part of the initiation into the Mysteries of Mithras, from the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Wall painting interpreted as the 4th stage of initiation into the Mysteries of Mithras, from the mithraeum at Capua, Italy. The kneeling individuals is being initiated.

Cloaked figure behind a raven holds a want and watches Mithras slay the bull, from the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Marble relief of Eros and Psyche mounted into the wall of the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Wall painting of Luna/Moon driving a chariot across the night sky on the wall opposite of the wall painting of Mithras slaying the bull at the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Detail of the horse with head down in the wall painting of Luna/Moon driving a chariot across the night sky on the wall opposite of the wall painting of Mithras slaying the bull at the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

Wall painting that could be Aeon in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

DStretch analysis using filter ydt of the wall painting that could be Aeon in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy. The upward curling green band does resemble the snake that entwines Aeon.

Red framed niche and stick figure in the mithraeum at Capua, Italy.

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