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Published: 08 March 2007

304 Pages | 17 figures


ISBN: 9780199216130

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The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire

Mysteries of the Unconquered Sun

Roger Beck

  • Deployment of new methods, such as the anthropology of religion and the cognitive science of religion
  • A wide range of comparisons, from both ancient and modern cultures
  • Presents an entirely original semiotic theory for Mithraism's astral symbolism
  • Focuses on the initiate as someone actively engaged in the creation of religion by cognition and representation rather than as the passive consumer of a product