Under the church of Santa Prisca in Rome is a crypt which was once a Mithraeum. It was excavated in the 1960’s by Martin Vermaseren and G. Van Essen, and contains some striking frescos.
But it is probably best known for a series of inscriptions which I think are scratched in plaster. One of these, in particular, is a favourite of the “Mithras=Jesus” headbangers, because it contains the word “And you have saved us by the shedding of the eternal blood”. At least… it might do.
Last week someone raised the question of whether the inscription in the Santa Prisca Mithraeum in Rome really does refer to nos servasti — “you have saved us” — or not. Apparently there is some doubt in the scholarly literature.
The obvious thing to do is to get some photographs. But how?
I find that you can visit the Mithraeum, but only as part of a guided tour. I do not think that would probably make photography possible.
But there must be people who can do this. People based in Italy, firms of photographers, people with the contacts to get access, who could do this — for money.
Does anyone have any ideas?