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Mithraic small finds from Dacia

February 3, 2014

The Cult of Mithras from Dacia has more than 300 pieces, mostly epigraphic and iconographic sources about this very popular cult. However, untill 2013 there was only one “excavation” in a mithraeum in Transylvania, that of Király Pál in 1886 in Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. His documentation is published in a Hungarian monography with detailed analysis of the cult but with poor references about the archaeological material. In his book – and in some later published works – he and his contemporary colleagues published some Mithraic small finds too. These drawings were the only documentation of this kind of archaeological sources till 2013, when a new chapter of Mithraic studies has begun in Romania.

The small finds from the Sarmizegetusa mithraeum were recently republished with detailed analysis of the pieces.

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2 Comments
  1. Am I right in thinking that these items are those catalogued by Vermaseren as CIMRM 2033?

    • yes, exactly. CIMRM 2033 is the ONLY Mithraic small finds at the moment from Romania. Till now. The recent archaeological finds will change this aspect too.

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