Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Syria
Description: The Mithraeum at Dura-Europos, on the Roman-Iranian frontier in what is now Syria, is decorated with paint on plaster and includes two reliefs of the tauroctony (the scene of Mithras slaying the Cosmic Bull). On the side walls of this Mithraic shrine are images of Mithras as a mounted archer, iconography appropriate to the Palmyrene archers who commissioned the shrine.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 1
Repository and Online Resources: • Read more about the Mithraeum on the website of the Yale University Art Gallery. • Read more about Dura-Europos on the Yale University Art Gallery website.
Image Credits: Yale University Art Gallery, Brad Hostetler, Navid Jamali
Tags: Western Asian, Access to the sacred, Status and identity, Animals, Late Antique, Roman, Works in textbook, Works in focus