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hancockroman17.jpg God on the Tyne

A new display at Great North Museum: Hancock features high-profile loans from the Museum of London to illuminate the story of one of the Roman Empire’s most enigmatic gods.

And that enigmatic god in full: Mithras; and Roman Religion from Thames to Tyne brings together for the first time objects found in the 1950s during excavations of two important temples to the god Mithras, at Carrawburgh on Hadrian’s Wall and Walbrook in London. The Carrawburgh finds include three alters to Mithras as well as sculptures and religious utensils. They are joined by three exquisite marble heads of Mithras, Minerva and Serapis (pictured). Mithras was an ancient Persian god adopted in the Roman Empire as the main deity of a mystery religion that flourished in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. The religion was open only to men and some scholars believe its worshippers were highly secretive about their rituals and beliefs. This is a free exhibition, so you won’t incur any Roman charges…

Mithras: Roman Religion from Thames to Tyne, until 27 August, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle. greatnorthmuseum.org.uk