posted Jul 16, 2016, 3:33 PM by Lindsey Scholl   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 3:34 PM ]

In my new book, Born of Stone (working title), a Christian Roman priest in the 400s gets involved with an outlawed cult, the cult of Mithras. When I was in Italy, we went to the port city of Ostia, which used to have several underground mithraea (places where Mithras worshipers met). Here is a picture of an underground mithraeum that survived, with a replica statue of Mithras in the center, slaying the bull. Not much is known about the religious practices of the Mithraicism, but slaying the bull brought life to the earth and apparently pleased the god Apollo. It was a very popular sect among soldiers, and no women were allowed.