A RELIEF OF MITHRAS FROM THE VICINITY OF SOFIA

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The object of the article is a relief of the god Mithras found not far from the city of Sofia (in the village of Gérman). It is part of the collection of the Regional Historical Museum of Sofia and is published here for the first time. It represents the scene of tauroctonia, i. e. the act of killing the bull. Such reliefs were in use in the mithrea all over the Roman Empire. Serdica was one of the main centres of Mithras' worship in the province of Thracia. The relief of the village of Gérman presents many particular features, very detailed and careful workmanship and could be dated as early as the second half of the 2 nd century AD.

Author: Nadezhda Kirova
Regional Historical Museum - Sofia 1 Banski square, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
kirova77@yahoo.com

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