Cast of the Mithras Tauroctonos relief from London

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  • Catalogue text

    Relief with Mithras dressed in short-sleeved tunic, cloak, trousers
    and Phrygian cap, stabbing the bull. Below are a dog, a snake, a crab,
    and torch-bearers flanking the scene. A circular band runs around the
    central relief with the signs of the Zodiac, and in the upper left corner
    is Sol, rising with his chariot, and opposite Luna descending with a
    car drawn by oxen. Below are two personifications of winds, perhaps
    Boreas and Zephyrus. Inscription: ULPIUS SILVANUS EMERITUS
    LEG. II. AUG. VOTUM SOLVIT. FACTUS ARAUSIONE (‘Ulpius
    Silvanus, veteran of the second Augustan Legion, paid his vow: He
    was initiated at Arausio [Orange]’).

    In: Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

Further reading

Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

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