Definition of Mithraeum in English:

Mithraeum

noun

  • A sanctuary or temple of the god Mithras.

    • ‘In the Aventine Mithraeum the followers of the god were shown in procession offering their gifts.’
    • ‘The Mithraea were spread all over the Roman empire and some 50 of these caves still exist in Rome today.’
    • ‘In most of the Mithraea there was a portico which led into a second sacristy, where the ritual dresses were probably kept.’
    • ‘Three Mithraea have been excavated, at London, Carrawburgh, and Housesteads (Northumberland).’
    • ‘The widespread popularity of the cult is evident from the records of Mithraea which have been identified all over the empire, and which are still coming to light.’

Origin

Late Latin, from Latin Mithras (see Mithras).

Pronunciation

Mithraeum

/mɪˈθriːəm/