Another interesting, but infrequently visited site is the Mithraeum that is located in one of the storage vault areas just to the north of the seaside hippodrome/circus. There, from the first to the fourth century pagans worshiped the deity Mithra/Mithras.
The worship of Mithra was especially favored by soldiers in the Roman Legions.
The statue above depicts Mithra dressed in a flowing garment with a Phrygian style hat. Notice him plunging his knife into the bull while a dog and a snake lap up the blood. A scorpion is biting the bull’s genitals.
The above is a view looking at the eastern end of the Mithraeum. The altar is visible at the far end and in the upper portion of the image is a “window” in the vault that allowed sunlight to fall on the worship center at noon on 20/21 June—the time of the summer solstice.
One very unique find from the Mithraeum is a marble medallion that depicts Mithra slaying the bull.
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