Professor Michael Fuller in the underground Mithraic shrine beneath a large bath complex at Ostia, Italy. This statue is a copy; the original statue is in the Museum of Ostia.

The original statue found beneath the bath complex at Ostia, Italy. This 1st century statue was discovered in 1939; on display in the museum of Ostia, Italy.

A faint inscription in Greek on the chest of the bull can be translated as "Kriton the Athenian made (the statue)".

Closeup of the right hand of Mithras holding the sword that would be used to slay the Bull of Heaven. This 1st century statue was discovered in 1939; on display in the museum of Ostia, Italy.

Faint traces of stain on the back of the Bull of Heaven and the knee of Mithras. This 1st century statue was discovered in 1939; on display in the museum of Ostia, Italy.

Head of the Bull of Heaven pulled back by Mithras. This 1st century statue was discovered in 1939; on display in the museum of Ostia, Italy.

Closeup of the face of Mithras from the shrine beneath the bath complex at Ostia, Italy. This 1st century statue was discovered in 1939; on display in the museum of Ostia, Italy.

Closeup of the face of Mithras from the shrine beneath the bath complex at Ostia, Italy. This 1st century statue was discovered in 1939; on display in the museum of Ostia, Italy.

Closeup of the Mithras' belt tied by a square knot.

Closeup of the broken attachment for a sword scabbard on the right side of the Mithras statue.

Overview of a mosaic floor showing the seven different grades of membership in a community of Mithras worshippers.

Inscription on the mosaic floor that shows the different grades of membership in a community of Mithras worshippers.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Mosaic floor of panels with Mithraic significance. 30 cm. scale.

Well preserved Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy. This shrine date to the second half of the second century AD.



Closeup of the relief (copy) on the far wall of the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy. The original relief is in the Vatican Museum, Rome.

Mosaic representation of Mars on the side of a bench in Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy.

Representation of Cautes, the carrier of an upturned torch, on the side of a bench in the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy.


Representation of Cautopate, the carrier of the downturned torch, on the side of a bench in the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy.

Representation of Luna, the Moon, on the side of a bench in the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy.

Representation of Luna, the Moon, on the side of a bench in the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres at Ostia, Italy.

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