The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity: Development, Decline and Demise ca. A.D. 270-430

Walsh, David (2018) The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity: Development, Decline and Demise ca. A.D. 270-430. Late Antique Archaeology Supplementary Series . Brill, Leiden, 158 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-38306-7. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004383067) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity David Walsh explores how the cult of Mithras developed across the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. and why by the early 5th century the cult had completely disappeared. Contrary to the traditional narrative that the cult was violently persecuted out of existence by Christians, Walsh demonstrates that the cult’s decline was a far more gradual process that resulted from a variety of factors. He also challenges the popular image of the cult as a monolithic entity, highlighting how by the 4th century Mithras had come to mean different things to different people in different places.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Archaeology, Ancient History, Cult of Mithras, Late Antiquity, Roman Empire, Mithras, Christianity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: David Walsh
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:57 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 11:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70665 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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