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About Mithras of Kriton

October 11, 2013

One of the most famous and controversial Mithraic statues is the signum from the Terme di Mitra mithraeum from Ostia (CIMRM 230). It is famous not only because it’s unique iconography, but also because we know the artist: Kriton, a Greek sculptor. About the statue  very few articles exist (most notable is the short presentation of Claudia Valeri from 2003). Some of the authors – like Ridgway and Ambrogi affirm, that the statue is a Hellenistic statue, or at least, it was made in an Attican workshop. The iconography and the history, the datation of the statue is still a mystery. However, some details of the statue show, that it had a Phrygian cap and maybe, some metal applicants too.

Hopefully the new studies will resolve some chronological and iconographic problems regarding this statue.

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