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Evidence for the worship of the Roman god Mithras begins to appear in the 1st century AD and disappears sometime in the 4th century. The cult of worshiping Mithras is usually thought to be of Persian origin, however since no ancient source preserves the godís mythology, such an assumption should be treated with caution. Whatever its origins, from at least the 3rd century the cult became popular among members of the military stationed in Britain and as such temples were erected in the forts along Hadrianís Wall, with a particularly well preserved example being located at Carrawburgh.


All temples featured a representation, be it in relief, statue or fresco, of Mithras killing a bull. This is known today as a "tauroctony", and appears in the same format everywhere, though minor variations do exist. While most temples were built underground, representing the cave in which Mithras slew the bull, this was not possible on Hadrianís Wall. Temples were therefore constructed in a way that mimicked caves, usually only being lit by torchlight and small openings in the roof. This MOC is roughly based on the temple at Carrawburgh, although I have opted for a far grander tauroctony than was actually present at the site. This is not to take anything from the archaeological remains at Carrawburgh, which still possesses three fine shrines dating from the 3rd century and is well worth visiting.




This MOC is my first attempt at an interior of a building, my first go at creating mosaics and my first use of lighting as part of the MOC itself Ė so incorporating all of these meant it took me a bit longer to build than expected! I also wanted to create a temple that didnít conform to the classic Greco-Roman style; I feel there are enough really good Lego examples of these already in circulation.




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 I like it 
  November 11, 2014
Great job!
 I like it 
  November 11, 2014
I'm honestly surprised that this hasn't gotten much acclaim around on the 'pages, especially since this was blogged by TBB and is well over 100 favs on Flickr, but even so, this is a wonderful build. You do certainly do have a talent for mosaics, but I also like the pillars and the statue, not to mention the interior lighting. Very well done.
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  September 18, 2014
Quoting Pedro Resendes Those cheesy slope details are stupendous! The statue looks impeccable too!
Thanks very much, Pedro!
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  September 10, 2014
Those cheesy slope details are stupendous! The statue looks impeccable too!
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  September 4, 2014
Quoting Justin L. These are some very nice builds you've made, with a good touch of history and artistry. Favorited.
Thanks very much Justin!
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  September 3, 2014
These are some very nice builds you've made, with a good touch of history and artistry. Favorited.
 I made it 
  August 30, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori Your builds are particularly fascinating to me right now because I am busy reading the Marcus Didius Falco Series of novels at the moment. And, I am also a fan of the Dr. Petrius Gaius Russo Series of novels. Both have a Roman theme! Lovely interior with the mosaics! :)
Thanks very much. If you're into fiction set in the Roman Empire I would also recommend Robert Harris.
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  August 30, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek As always, incredible work! I love the cheese mosaics!
Thank you!
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  August 30, 2014
Quoting Kevin Moyer Fantastic work! I'm loving all the cheese mosaics.
Thanks very much!
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  August 28, 2014
Your builds are particularly fascinating to me right now because I am busy reading the Marcus Didius Falco Series of novels at the moment. And, I am also a fan of the Dr. Petrius Gaius Russo Series of novels. Both have a Roman theme! Lovely interior with the mosaics! :)
 I like it 
  August 27, 2014
As always, incredible work! I love the cheese mosaics!
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  August 27, 2014
Fantastic work! I'm loving all the cheese mosaics.
 
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