CIMRM 825 - Inscription in tabula ansata. Walbrook Mithraeum, London, Britain


See also: CIMRM 810-811 Tauroctony; 812 Cloaked figure; 813 Oceanus; 814 Mithraeum; 815 Mithras head; 816 Cautopates fragment; 817 Torso of deity; 818 Serapis head + 2 hands; 819 Circular plaque; 820 Minerva head; 821 Mercury statuette; 822-823 Dionysius, Silenus statue; 824 Sandstone bowl; 825 Inscription; 826 Inscription; Supp. Silver box + strainer;

From: Ralph Merrifield, "London: City of the Romans", p.208: "It is either to this period or to the year of the short-lived alliance between Constantine and Maximian (May 307-May 308) that a dedicatory inscription to the god Mithras found in the London Mithraeum must belong. Only the right-hand end of the marble tablet has survived, with the first line ending GGGG, apparently preceded by a V. The letters AUGGGG were the standard abbreviation for the titles of four Augusti, and this was evidently a dedication on behalf of the reigning emperors recognised by Constantine, who exercised political control over Britain. In 307-8, these would have been Galerius, Maximian, Maxentius and Constantine himself. In 309-11, they would have been Galerius, Licinius, Maximinus and Constantine. The former date has been preferred by R. P. Wright,[5] however, because his reconstruction of the missing left-hand portion would allow space for the title of a Caesar also, who in 307-8 would have been Maximinus, while in 309-11 the title was not used."

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