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The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire: Mysteries of the Unconquered Sun

Roger Beck


This book provides a new description of Mithraism, one of the mystery cults of the Roman Empire, from the perspective of its initiates. Mithraism, which was centred on the sun god Mithras, is described as a complex of symbolic representations created, apprehended, and transmitted not only in the medium of an extraordinarily rich and detailed iconography, but also in ritual action and language, in cult life and hierarchy, and in the design of its sacred space, the mithraeum.

Keywords: Mithraism, mystery cults, Roman Empire, initiates, sun god, symbols, iconography, ritual, sacred space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216130
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Beck, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto