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Mithraic Religion
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I. Name and Locations – II. Myth and Cult – III. Mithraic Religion and Christianity

I. Name and Locations

The term Mithraic religion encompasses various form of worship of the god Mithra in antiquity. His name in Old Iranian and Vedic was Mitra (Gk and Lat. Mithras); its earliest appearance is in the text of a 14th- century bce treaty found at Boghazköy (Ḫattuša), where it means “contract, treaty.” The evidence of inscriptions and literary …

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Betz, Hans Dieter, “Mithraic Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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