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Mithraic Iconography in Hispania

Reinterpretation of the Catalogue and New Findings

Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Author: Claudina Romero Mayorga

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This proposal aims to provide an update of the catalogues of findings associated with the mysteries of Mithras in Hispania produced by García y Bellido (1967) and Alvar Ezquerra (1981). A new approach to the archaeological material is needed due to the multiplicity of findings in recent decades and the overcoming of traditional theories in this field of study. We have focused on the figurative monuments, as Mithraic iconography has been considered a mere vehicle for the transmission of the eschatology of the cult.

Although three representations of tauroctony were located in the province of Baetica, the findings of Tróia and Mérida, both in Lusitania, are the most important source of materials in the territory of Hispania. Recent discoveries in Lugo, Altafulla, Cabrera de Mar, Puente Genil, San Juan de la Isla, Barbate, Mérida, along with the revision of the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano collection, have been a great contribution to the study of Mithraism in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Albertos 1966 = M. L. Albertos: Onomástica personal de la Hispania tarraconense y bética. Salamaca 1966. Onomástica personal de la Hispania tarraconense y bética

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pizarras visigodas. (Entre el latín y su disgregación. La lengua hablada en Hispania, siglos VI-VIII) . Burgos 2004, 532. 18 Cf. LLDB-5363, 14293, 33168, 34871, 34769 (Early Dalmatia) and LLDB-5723, 9145 (Early Dacia). 19 Nevertheless, in this phonological

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This paper presents the pottery originating from three groups of objects found in close association – in a well, a cistern and a burnt layer –, and the most characteristic vessel types as well as all the lamps found during the series of excavations at the site. The well excavated in the eastern part of the villa yielded pottery dating from the second half of the AD 1st and the beginning of the 2nd century. Only 0.5% of this ensemble was imported pottery, 6.4% was thin-walled and color-coated pottery, and 91.4% coarse pottery. In addition to these, the deposit contained a few ampullae and incense burners (turibulum). Only one piece of North-African red slip ware was found in the fill of the cistern located in the middle of the northern courtyard and the channel leading there. Here 10% of the pottery finds was composed of fine ware, and the amount of coarse pottery was significant. The fill of the well established in the later phase of the villa dated from the second half of the AD 3rd century. However, the pottery found in it is composed of types characteristic for the AD 1st and 2nd centuries – if its chronology can be reconstructed at all. Amphora fragments from Hispania and a piece of samian ware form Dr. 29 from La Graufesenque was unearthed in a burnt layer in the southern part of the early villa, as well as household ware dating from the period of the Flavian dynasty and the reign of Trajan. Here fine ware constituted 7.8% of the pottery finds. Vessels that were intact or could be refit were found atop the terrazzo floor in the central part of the villa, which might have been still in use when the villa was destroyed.

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111 Davies, M. (1995): Analyzing syntactic variation with computer-based corpora: the case of modern Spanish clitic climbing. Hispania , 78:370--380 Analyzing

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clitiche 439 462 Spaulding, R. K. (1927): " Puedo hacerlo versus Lo puedo hacer", Hispania, 10, 343-348. Puedo hacerlo versus

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Åberg 1922 = N. Åberg : Die Franken und Westgoten in der Völkerwanderungszeit. Uppsala-Leipzig-Paris 1922. Arcb 2005 = J. Arcb : Bárbarosy romanos en Hispania, 400

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): La Correspondencia Cifrada del Embajador Lope de Soria. Hispania: Revista Española de Historia Vol. 52, No. 181, pp. 493–520. Díaz J. C. G. La Correspondencia Cifrada del

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1996 29 119 123 Pozo, S. F. 1988 Balsamarios antropomorfos en bronce de época romana hallados en Hispania

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