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Jane DeRose Evans to present a talk on the Mithraeum at Caesarea Maritima

Author: Jane DeRose Evans
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"The Mysteries of Mithras in Caesarea: Exploring the Cults Rites and Remains"

Register for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm EST, featuring Dr. Jane DeRose Evans and Dr. Alexandra Ratzlaff and "The Mysteries of Mithras in Caesarea: Exploring the Cult’s Rites and Remains." These two experts will take you on a journey underneath the ruins of ancient Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean Sea coast of modern Israel. Inside a vault dating to the Roman period, which had been used in later years to dispose of decapitated bodies, the 1974 excavation team discovered the remains of a Mithraeum, or a place of worship for the mystery cult of Mithras. Join Dr. Evans and Dr. Ratzlaff as they discuss what we know about how the initiates formed the Mithraeum, and what we can uncover about the cult’s secret rites from the frescos painted on the vault walls and the objects left behind following its abandonment.

All proceeds will help American Society for Overseas Research respond to COVID-19 by funding membership scholarships and online resources.