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The religion of the Mithras cult in the Roman Empire : mysteries of the unconquered sun

Author: Roger Beck
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2010.
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A study of the religious system of Mithraism, one of the 'mystery cults' popular in the Roman Empire contemporary with early Christianity. Mithraism is described from the point of view of the  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Beck
ISBN: 9780199216130 0199216134
OCLC Number: 644014739
Contents: 1. Introduction to interpreting the mysteries: old ways, new ways ; 2. Old ways: the reconstruction of Mithraic doctrine from iconography ; 3. The problem of referents: interpretation with reference to what? ; 4. Doctrine redefined ; TRANSITION: FROM OLD WAYS TO NEW WAYS ; 5. The Mithraic mysteries as symbol system. 1. Introduction and comparisons ; 6. Cognition and representation ; 7. The Mithraic mysteries as symbol system. 2. The mithraeum ; 8. Star-talk: the symbols of the Mithraic mysteries as language signs ; 9. The Mithraic mysteries as symbol system. 3. The tauroctony ; 10. Excursus
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