The Mysteries Of Mithra By Cumont, Franz - 1903

The Mysteries Of Mithra By Cumont, Franz - 1903

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The Mysteries Of Mithra By Cumont, Franz

1903 hardcover published by The Open Court Publishing; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co

With Fold-Out Map! (many copies lack the map), a bit of loose binding, the usual wear, gilt pages

The colorful religion of Mithra originated in Persia, and enjoyed an immense popularity in the Roman Empire, becoming so popular in the valleys of the Danube and Rhine and in Great Britain that for a time Europe almost became Mithraic. When Mithra and Early Christianity met, the result was a ferocious implacable duel, the marks of which still can be detected on the body of present-day Christian doctrine.

This definitive treatment of Mithraic religion by the recognized authority on classical religions pieces together information from the fragments of texts, bas-reliefs, statuary, etc., remaining from the almost total destruction of the religion centuries ago. In a work of masterful scholarship, Dr. Cumont reconstructs the characteristics of the principle divinities, the rituals, the mystery teachings, the liturgy and clergy, the attitude towards Mithra of the typical Roman soldier, the rapid dissemination of the religion in the early years of the Christian era. 70 illustrations—photographs and drawings of Mithraic art—are included.

Preface to the French Edition
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
The Origins of Mithraism
The Dissemination of Mithraism in the Roman Empire
Mithra & the Imperial Power of Rome
The Doctrine of the Mithraic Mysteries
The Mithraic Liturgy, Clergy & Devotees
Mithraism & the Religions of the Empire
Mithraic Art

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