CIMRM 88 - Tauroctony. Sî`, Syria


The relief was discovered in 1916, and published by Butler, who had excavated it in the ruins of a temple of Dushara (Dusares) at Sî` (Seeia, modern Djebel Druze) in the Haurân, near Kenawât, the ancient Kanatha.1

It does not seem that the Mithraeum was discovered.

Note that the snake is not licking the blood, but drinking the semen of the bull. See also the smashed Tauroctony relief in the Damascus National Museum.

CIMRM entry

See also CIMRM fig. 33 for a (not very good) photograph.


1C. Butler, Expedition to Syria: Section A (Southern Syria), Part 6), Leiden 1916, p.38. Reference given by Franz Cumont, "The Dura Mithraeum", in J. R. Hinnells (ed), Mithraic Studies, Manchester University Press, 1975, p.160.
2A. L. Frothingham, "A new Mithraic relief from Syria", in: American Journal of Archaeology volume 22 (1918), p.54-62. Online at Archive.org here.

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