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taurobolium

[tawr-uh-boh-lee-uh m]
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noun, plural tau·ro·bo·li·a [tawr-uh-boh-lee-uh] /ˌtɔr əˈboʊ li ə/.
  1. the sacrifice of a bull, followed by the baptism of neophytes in the blood, as practiced in the ancient rites of Mithras or Cybele.
  2. Fine Arts. a representation of the killing of a bull, as in Mithraic art.

Origin of taurobolium

1690–1700; < Late Latin < Greek taurobólion, equivalent to tauroból(os) bull sacrifice (taûro(s) bull + bólos a cast, throw, akin to bolḗ a wound, bállein to throw) + -ion diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for taurobolium

Historical Examples

  • The details and effect of the ceremony were no doubt similar to those of the taurobolium.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6

    Various

  • The taurobolium is thought to have signified a death to the old life and a new birth into a higher, divine existence.

  • For example, the phrase, "reborn for eternity," occurs in connection with the blood-bath of the taurobolium.

  • This blood-bath, which is called the taurobolium, requires special attention.

  • Taurobolium, a sacrifice of expiation, very common in the third and fourth centuries.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)