The many ancient gods and goddesses are one of the most interesting parts of Roman life! We’ve already seen examples of the Romans bringing their own gods to Britannia (Neptune and Oceanus), as well as what happens when the Romans decide to adopt a local British god like Brigantia, or Antenociticus. But do they ever take these locally-adopted gods to new places, too?
Among the many gods and goddesses we find along Hadrian’s Wall, there is one especially mysterious visitor who has come all the way from Persia: Mithras. And we’re not just dealing with altars when it comes to Mithras. There’s a range of evidence left behind by his small bands of worshippers, including the temples that they gathered in. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a big cosmic egg?
Let’s start with a trip out of Pons Aelius and on to Brocolitia to visit a temple to Mithras…
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