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The Roman Mithras cult : a cognitive approach

Author: Olympia Panagiotidou; Roger Beck
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 2017. ©2017
Series: Scientific studies of religion (Bloomsbury (Firm))
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is the first full cognitive history of an ancient religious practice. In this ground-breaking study on one of the most intriguing and mysterious cults, Olympia Panagiotidou, with contributions from Roger Beck, shows how cognitive historiography can supplement our historical knowledge and deepen our understanding of past cultural phenomena. The cult of the sun god Mithras, which spread widely across the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Olympia Panagiotidou; Roger Beck
ISBN: 9781472567383 1472567382
OCLC Number: 1003192523
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: List of IllustrationsPrefaceIntroduction1. The World View of the Mithras Cult2. The Self in the Cult of Mithras3. Space and Time in the Mithras Cult4. The Scene of the Tauroctony as a Symbol System5. The Communities of Mithraists: From Personal Self to Social IdentityConclusionBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Scientific studies of religion (Bloomsbury (Firm))
Responsibility: Olympia Panagiotidou with Roger Beck.

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"This book is the first full cognitive history of an ancient religious practice. In this ground-breaking study on one of the most intriguing and mysterious cults, Olympia Panagiotidou, with contributions from Roger Beck, shows how cognitive historiography can supplement our historical knowledge and deepen our understanding of past cultural phenomena. The cult of the sun god Mithras, which spread widely across the Graeco-Roman world at the same time as other 'mystery cults', offered its devotees certain images and assumptions about reality. Initiation into the mysteries of Mithras and participation in the life of the cult significantly affected and transformed the ways in which the initiated perceived themselves, the world and their position within it. The cult's major ideas were conveyed mainly through its symbolic complexes. The ancient written testimonies and other records are not adequate to establish a definitive reconstruction of Mithraic theologies and the meaning of its complex symbolic structures. The Roman Mithras Cult identifies the cognitive and psychological processes which would have taken place in the minds and bodies of the Mithraists during their initiation and participation in the mysteries, enabling the perception, apprehension and integration of the essential images and assumptions of the cult in its worldview system. The Roman Mithras Cult: A Cognitive Approach is the first full cognitive history of an ancient religion that highlights how cognitive historiography can supplement our historical knowledge and deepen our understanding of past cultural phenomenon. The cult of the sun god Mithras, which spread widely across the Greco-Roman world at the same time as other 'mystery cults' and Christianity, offered to its devotees certain images and assumptions about reality. Initiation into the mysteries of Mithras and participation in the life of the cult significantly affected and transformed the ways in which the initiates perceived themselves, the world, and their position within it. The cult's major ideas were conveyed mainly through its major symbolic complexes. The ancient written testimonies and other records are not adequate to establish a definitive reconstruction of Mithraic theologies and the meaning of its complex symbolic structures. Filling this gap, The Roman Mithras Cult: A Cognitive Approach identifies the cognitive and psychological processes which took place in the minds and bodies of the Mithraists during their initiation and participation in the mysteries, enabling the perception, apprehension, and integration of the essential images and assumptions of the cult in its worldview system."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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