From my diary

I have been collecting images of Mithraic monuments from the web and identifying them, and adding them to my Mithras site.  It’s fun; and there are more to do.

I’ve also written a short section in the site on Mithras and the Taurobolium.  Did the cultists of Mithras perform the taurobolium, a ceremony of being washed in bull’s blood?  No, they didn’t.  Or, if they did, no evidence records it.  It’s a ritual of Cybele, not Mithras.

Jolly useful to find that I had a PDF of Duthoy’s monograph on the taurobolium on disk when I needed it!

2 thoughts on “From my diary

  1. I read your piece on the iconography of the tauroctony with great interest. One question occurs to me, and I would imagine that the answer would be No. Both Mithras and the torchbearers in the Tyrolean example illustrated wear similar tunics. I’m not an expert on ancient clothing, so I don’t know whether these tunics are intended to represent genuine Persian dress or are purely conventional. Presumably we have a range of examples of the tauroctony spanning two or three centuries. Do the clothes of Mithras and his attendants ever change, or are they a fixed element in the iconography?

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