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Beck on Mithraism: Collected Works with New Essays / Edition 1

Beck on Mithraism: Collected Works with New Essays / Edition 1

by Roger Beck


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Roger Beck, a world authority on Mithraism, brings together his major writings on the Mysteries of Mithras in the context of the culture and religions of imperial Rome. In these studies he opens new vistas on myth making, ritual, symbolism, the role of astrology in the cult, recently discovered Mithraic monuments and artefacts, and the emergence of Mithraism and Christianity concurrently in the first century. Beck offers new introductions to his thematically framed groups of writings and adds six entirely new essays published here for the first time. These essays link his research to contemporary studies in cognitive science of religion and anthropology of religion. This collection will appeal particularly to scholars exploring contemporary aspects in anthropology of religion, astronomy and astrology, cults and myths, images and symbols, as well as traditional scholars of Greco-Roman antiquity and Christian origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754640813
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Series: Ashgate Contemporary Thinkers on Religion: Collected Works Series
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Roger Beck is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part A The Scholarly Scene: Mithraism since 'Mithraism since Franz Cumont'. Part B Foundation: Introduction; The Mysteries of Mithras; A summary description of the Mysteries of Mithras in six propositions. Part C Mythmaking and Other Fictions: Introduction; Ritual, myth, doctrine and initiation in the Mysteries of Mithras; History into fiction; Apuleius the novelist, Apuleius the Ostian householder, and the Mithraeum of the Seven Spheres. Part D Mithras and the Heavens,1; First explorations: Introduction; 'The Seat of Mithras at the Equinoxes'; Cautes and Cautopates; Interpreting the Ponza Zodiac, I; Interpreting the Ponza Zodiac, II. Part E Mithras and the Heavens, 2: Quis Ille?: The rise and fall of the astral identifications of the tauroctonous Mithras; Astral symbolism in the tauroctony; In the place of the lion. Part F The Astronomical and Astrological Matrix: Introduction; The astronomical design of Karakush, a royal burial site in ancient Commagene; Whose astrology? The imprint of Ti. Claudius Balbillus on the Mithraic mysteries. Part G Eikona Kosmou: The Mithraeum: Introduction; Cosmic models; Qui mortalitatis causa convenerunt. Index.

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