Route: COURAGE FROM FAITH. THE SITES OF MARTYRDOM
Viale de Nicola, 78 www.archeoroma.beniculturali.it Every day…
You are along the route: 1000 RELIGIONS IN ROME. FROM THE ANCIENT TIMES UNTIL TODAY
Viale de Nicola, 78
Every day except Monday. 9:00-19:30. The ticket office closes at 18:30. Closed on 1st January, 25th December. Admission fee.
The Epigraphic Museum of the Diocletian baths offers a rich evidence of the variegated world of religions for the Romans. Next to the traditional ones the Romans had many other cults of Oriental origin, first one the Mithraism, dedicated to the god that was born in a grotto and celebrated on December 25th. Some coloured reliefs and inscriptions coming from some of the temples dedicated to this god tell the main episodes of his life. Isis indeed has Egyptian origins. She is the mother goddess vouching for power and health: her cult was destined to a circle of adepts and became part of the official religion in Rome from the I century A.D. The Sanctuary of the Janiculum is destined to different oriental gods. Among the numerous dedications one is written on the tool destined to keep the animal bond during sacrifice. A small statue in golden bronze shows one of the worshipped gods.
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