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RNA18

Reference: RNA18 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Tunisia

Date: 200 300 AD

Description:

On discus: Hercules facing, grappling a bull r. and holding its l. horn.

Manufacture: Mould made.

Size (cm): L. 12.3, W. 8.5, H. 5.4

Notes:
Cf. (type) Deneauve, 1136; Hoff, 4-9.

Firmalampen nozzle style.


Comments:
The capture of the Cretan Bull was one of the Twelve Labours of Hercules.

The theme of conquering a bull had a contemporary significance beyond Herculean myth and was echoed in Mithraism, an Eastern mystery cult particularly popular among the Roman military at this time. In a central event of the cult a sacred bull was slain by the god Mithras to release its life force.




RNA18


RNA18


Last edited: 19-07-2009

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