The Mysteries of Mithra
The colorful religion of Mithra originated in Persia and enjoyed an immense popularity in the Roman Empire, becoming so powerful 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, whose marks can still 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 tlie religion centuries ago. In a work of masterful scholarship, Dr. CuMont reconstructs the characteristics of the principal 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.
Unabridged, unaltered republication of the 2nd revised French edition, translated by Thomas J. McCormack. Author’s preface. Index. 70 illustrations, fold-out map.