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(ταυροβόλιον; taurobólion). The taurobolium is known primarily through its depiction in Christian sources (see below), according to which an initiate to the cult of the Mater Magna stood in a pit and had the blood of a bull (taúros), which was sacrificed above him, flow over his head. However, the validity of this depiction is debatable [1.314-320].

The development history of the taurobolium can be divided into three phases. In its first phase (middle of the 2nd cent. BC - middle of the 2nd cent. AD), the ritual, which first appeared in Asia…

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Price, Simon R. F. (Oxford), “Taurobolium”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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