New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Drawings and photo illustrations of ancient artifacts. First Edition. 8vo. Orange cloth covered boards. Spine stamped in metallic blue. 154 pp. Previous owner's name at bottom of free front endpaper. Book is fine. / Jacket has one small closed tear at top of front panel. Overall jacket is very good to fine. Item #867
The ancient Roman "mystery religion" of Mithraism -- one of the major competitors of early Christianity -- has captured the imaginations of generations of scholars, while frustrating all attempts to penetrate the veil of strict secrecy with which the cult's members surrounded their doctrines and practices. The cult's secret teachings were never recorded in writing. However, the Mithraists filled their temples with a strange and elaborate iconography, an abundance of which has been unearthed by archaeologists. . . . .This book presents a new explanation of one of the most fascinating religious phenomena of antiquity. It will interest students of ancient religion, classics, and the history of science, and will also appeal to those with a general interest in ancient civilization and the history of religions.