The Religion Of Mithras And Its Mysteries

Some months ago The Guardian published an article about the reopening of a reconstructed mithraeum (Temple of Mithras) in London.  I had known about the cult of Mithras for some time; the Roman emperor Julian, whom I have written about, was a devoted follower of the religion.  Yet it remains almost totally unknown to the public, even to students of classical literature and ancient history.  It will be useful to review its origins, doctrines, and the reasons for its extinction.

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