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Beck on Mithraism : collected works with new essays

Author: Roger Beck
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub., 2004.
Series: Ashgate contemporary thinkers on religion.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Beck
ISBN: 0754640817 9780754640813
OCLC Number: 54843901
Description: xxvii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Contents --
1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION: Four stages on a road to redescribing the Mithraic mysteries --
Part A. The Scholarly Scene --
2. Mithraism since 'Mithraism since Franz Cumont',1984-2003 --
Part B. Foundation --
3. Introduction --
4. The Mysteries of Mithras: A new account of their genesis. Originally published in Journal of Roman Studies 88 (1998), pp. 115-28. --
5. A summary description of the Mysteries of Mithras in six propositions --
Part C. Mythmaking And Other Fictions --
6. Introduction: 'Images and underthoughts and imitations' --
7. Ritual, myth, doctrine, and initiation in the Mysteries of Mithras: New evidence from a cult vessel. Originally published in Journal of Roman Studies 90 (2000), pp. 145-80 --
8. History into fiction: The metamorphoses of the Mithras myths. Originally published in Ancient Narrative 1 (2001-02), pp. 283-300 --
9. Apuleius the novelist, Apuleius the Ostian householder, and the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres: Further explorations of an hypothesis of Filippo Coarelli. Originally published in S. G. Wilson and M. Desjardin (eds), Text and Artifact in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity: Essays in Honour of Peter Richardson, Studies in Christianity and Judaism 9, Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000, pp. 551-67 --
Part D. Mithras And The Heavens, 1: First Explorations --
10. Introduction --
11. 'The Seat of Mithras at the Equinoxes': Porphyry De antro nympharum 24. Originally published in Journal of Mithraic Studies 1 (1976), pp. 95-98 --
12. Cautes and Cautopates: Some astronomical considerations. Originally published in Journal of Mithraic Studies 2 (1977), 1-17. --
13. Interpreting the Ponza Zodiac, I. Originally published in Journal of Mithraic Studies 1 (1976), pp. 1-19 --
14. Interpreting the Ponza Zodiac, II. Originally published in Journal of Mithraic Studies 2 (1977-78), pp. 87-147 --
Part E. Mithras And The Heavens, 2: Quis Ille ? --
15. The rise and fall of the astral identifications of the tauroctonous Mithras --
16. Astral symbolism in the tauroctony: A statistical demonstration of the extreme improbability of unintended coincidence in the selection of elements in the composition --
17. In the Place of the Lion: Mithras in the tauroctony. Originally published in J. R. Hinnells (ed.), Studies in Mithraism, Rome: Bretschneider, 1994, pp. 29-50 --
Part F. The Astronomical And Astrological Matrix --
18. Introduction --
19. The astronomical design of Karakush, a royal burial site in ancient Commagene: An hypothesis. Originally published in Culture and Cosmos 3 (1) (1999), pp. 10-34 --
20. Whose astrology? The imprint of Ti. Claudius Balbillus on the Mithraic mysteries --
Part G. Eikona Kosmou: The Mithraeum --
21. Introduction --
22. Cosmic models: Some uses of Hellenistic science in Roman religion. Originally published in T.D. Barnes (ed.), The Sciences in Greco-Roman Society, APEIRON 27 (4) (1994), pp. 99-117 --
23. Qui mortalitatis causa convenerunt: The meeting of the Virunum Mithraists on June 26, A.D. 184. Originally published in Phoenix 52 (1998), pp. 335-44.
Series Title: Ashgate contemporary thinkers on religion.
Responsibility: Roger Beck.
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