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Mithras/Cult of Mithras
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The cult of Mithras spread across the Roman Empire during the 1st to 4th centuries CE. There are no extant texts written by Mithraic worshippers, other than a possible initiation script found in Egypt, and it does not appear that there were any Mithraic holy scriptures. We do have accounts written by outsiders, including several Christian authors, although these are often exaggerated and/or misinformed. Subsequently, much of what we know about the cult co…

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Walsh, David, “Mithras/Cult of Mithras”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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