Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mithras, Mithraism and Christianity

In attempts to represent Christianity as a historical phenomenon, the relationship between it and Mithraism is often cited. How accurate is this connection?

The Roman cult of Mithras, an apparently Persian god whose communication to Roman worship and exact theological position remain shrouded in mystery, is an endlessly fascinating subject. Beginning in earnest in the late 1st century AD, and extending through the 2nd century across the whole empire before dying out to Christian pressures at the end of the 4th century, Mithraism left its marks on the Roman world from Dura-Europos to Merida, and from Alexandria to High Rochester.

By Kevin Stoba

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