Mithraism: Reading list

From: Simon Ewins
To: Paul Dry 02-Jul-93 11:41am

Thus spake Paul Dry to Simon Ewins:

SE> Mithras was one of the biggest at the time and the early christians
SE> borrowed very heavily from his myths. Mithraism believed in the
SE> immortality of the soul, a future judgement, the resurrection of the
SE> dead and the second coming of Mithras himself who would then battle
SE> and defeat the principles of evil. He was born in a grotto, cave or
SE> stable, shepherds attended his birth and brought him gifts. Baptism
SE> and communion were important aspects of Mithraism. The Mithraic communion
SE> ritual involved these words: "He who shall not eat of my body nor drink
SE> of my blood so that he may be one with me and I with him shall not be
SE> saved."

PD> Please fill us in on a source to verify these statements.

 Main entry:     Beck, Roger, 1937-
 Title:          Planetary gods and planetary orders in the mysteries of
                  Mithras / Roger Beck. --
 Imprint:        Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1988.
 LCCN:              87030906 //r91
 ISBN:           9004084509 (pbk.)

 Main entry:     Ulansey, David.
 Title:          The origins of the Mithraic mysteries : cosmology and
                  salvation in the ancient world / David Ulansey. --
 Imprint:        New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
 LCCN:              88029426
 ISBN:           0195054024 (alk. paper) : $24.95

 Main entry:     Harris, Eve.
 Title:          The oriental cults in Roman Britain / Eve and John R.
                 Harris. --
 Imprint:        Leiden : E.J. Brill, 1965.

 Main entry:     Vermaseren, Maarten Jozef.
 Title:          Mithras : the secret god / by M.J. Vermaseren. ; [translated
                   by Therese and Vincent Megan]. --
 Imprint:        London : Chatto and Windus, 1963.

 Main entry:     Cumont, Franz Valery Marie, 1868-1947.
 Title:          The mysteries of Mithra / by Franz Cumont ; translated from
                   the second French edition by Thomas J. McCormack. --
 Imprint:        Chicago : The Open court publishing company ; London : Kegan
                   Paul, Trench and Tr|bner, 1903.
 LCCN:              03018293

 Main entry:     Oxtoby, Willard Gurdon.
 Title:          Ancient Iran and Zoroastrianism in Festschriften : an index
                  / Willard Gurdon Oxtoby. --
 Imprint:        Waterloo, Ont. : Council on the Study of Religion, Executive
                 Office, Waterloo Lutheran University ; Shiraz, Iran : Asia
                 Institute of Pahlavi University, 1973.
 LCCN:              73084888 //r833
 ISBN:           0889160074 : $5.00. 0889160082

 Main entry:     Mead, G. R. S. (George Robert Stow), 1863-1933.
 Title:          The complete Echoes from the gnosis / by G.R.S. Mead ;
                  edited by Stephen Ronan. --
 Imprint:        Hastings, E. Sussex, England : Chthonios Books, 1987.
 LCCN:           88141330
 ISBN:           0948366060 : #19.50

 Main entry:     Campbell, Leroy A.
 Title:          Mithraic iconography and ideology. [By] Leroy A. Campbell.
 Imprint:        Leiden : E. J. Brill, 1968 [1969]
 LCCN:              75386269
 ISBN:           107.70

 Title:          The "Mithras liturgy" / edited and translated by Marvin W.
                  Meyer. --
 Imprint:        Missoula, Mont. : Published by Scholars Press for the
                  Society of Biblical Literature, c1976.
 Collation:      x, 27 p. ; 24 cm. --
 LCCN:              76018288 //r882
 ISBN:           0891301135 : $2.80

 Main entry:     International Congress of Mithraic Studies, 1st, Manchester
                  University, 1971.
 Title:          Mithraic studies; proceedings. John R. Hinnells, editor.
 Imprint:        [Manchester, Eng.] : Manchester University Press. ; [Totowa,
                  N.J.] : Rowman and Littlefield, [1975]
 LCCN:              74007310 //r77
 ISBN:           0874715571

 Title:          Rethinking religion : studies in the Hellenistic process /
                  edited by Jxrgen Podemann Sxrensen. --
 Imprint:        Copenhagen : Museum Tusculanum Press, 1989.
 ISBN:           8772890797
 LCCN:           BL41 R48 1989

 Title:          A silver casket and strainer from the Walbrook Mithraeum in
                  the City of London [by] J. M. C. Toynbee.
 Imprint:        Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1963.
 LCCN:              68003273 //r885

 Main entry:     Speidel, Michael.
 Title:          Mithras-Orion : Greek hero and Roman army god / Michael P.
                  Speidel. --
 Imprint:        Leiden : Brill, 1980.
 LCCN:              81458430
 ISBN:           9004060553 (pbk.) : fl 28.00

 Main entry:     Hinnells, John Russell, 1941-
 Title:          Persian mythology. --
 Imprint:        [London] Hamlyn [c1973]

 Main entry:     Laeuchli, Samuel, ed.
 Title:          Mithraism in Ostia : mystery religion and Christianity in
                  the ancient port of Rome [by] Dennis Groh [and others]
                  With a pref. by Giovanni Becatti. --
 Imprint:        [Evanston, Ill.] Northwestern University Press [1967]

 Main entry:     Legge, Francis.
 Title:          Forerunners and rivals of Christianity : from 330 B.C. to
                  330 A.D. --
 Imprint:        New York : University Books, c1964.
 LCCN:           64024125

 Main entry:     Phythian-Adams, William John Telia Phythian, 1888-
 Title:          Mithraism. --
 Imprint:        London : Constable, 1915.

 Main entry:     Beck, Roger
 Title:          Mithraism since Franz Cumont / by Roger Beck. --
 Imprint:        Berlin : W. de Gruyter, 1984.

 Main entry:     Vermaseren, M.J. (Maarten Jozef)
 Title:          The excavations in the Mithraeum of the Church of Santa
                  Prisca in Rome / by M.J. Vermaseren and C.C. Van Essen. --.
 Imprint:        Leiden : E.J. Brill, 1965.

 Main entry:     Wynne-Tyson, Esmi, 1898-
 Title:          Mithras; the fellow in the cap. -
 Imprint:        [Fontwell, Sussex] : Centaur Press, [1972]
 LCCN:              72190298
 ISBN:           0389044385

 Main entry:     Patterson, Leonard.
 Title:          Mithraism and Christianity; a study in comparative religion,
 Imprint:        Cambridge [Eng.] : The University press, 1921.
 LCCN:              22013900

 Main entry:     Ferm, Vergilius Ture Anselm, 1896- ed.
 Title:          Forgotten religions, including some living primitive
                  religions. --
 Imprint:        Freeport, N.Y. : Books for Libraries Press, [1970, c1950]
 LCCN:              70128240
 ISBN:           083691922X

 Main entry:     International Seminar on the "Religio-Historical Character
                  of Roman Mithraism, with Particular Reference to Roman and
                  Ostian Sources", Rome and Ostia, Italy, 1978.
 Title:          Mysteria Mithrae : atti del Seminario internazionale su "La
                  specificit` storico-religiosa dei Misteri di Mithra, con
                  particolare riferimento alle fonti documentarie di Roma e
                  Ostia", Roma e Ostia, 28-31 marzo 1978 = Mysteria Mithrae :
                  proceedings of the International Seminar on the
                  "Religio-Historical Character of Roman Mithraism, with
                  Particular Reference to Roman and Ostian Sources", Rome and
                  Ostia, 28-31 March 1978 / pubblicati a cura di Ugo Bianchi.
 Imprint:        Leiden : E. J. Brill, 1979.
 ISBN:           9004060014

 Title:          Journal of Mithraic studies. --
 Imprint:        London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1976-

 Main entry:     Merkelbach, Reinhold, 1918-
 Title:          Mithras / Reinhold Merkelbach. --
 Imprint:        Kvnigstein/Ts. : Hain, 1984.
 LCCN:              85131387
 ISBN:           3445023298

 Main entry:     Moeller, Walter O.
 Title:          The Mithraic origin and meanings of the rotas-sator square.
                  [By] Walter O. Moeller. --
 Imprint:        Leiden : Brill, 1973.
 LCCN:              74165456
 ISBN:           9004037519

 Main entry:     Walters, Vivienne J.
 Title:          The cult of Mithras in the Roman provinces of Gaul / by
                  Vivienne J. Walters. --
 Imprint:        Leiden : Brill, 1974.
 LCCN:              75312425
 ISBN:           9004040145 : fl80.00

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There, that should keep you going for a day or two. I have more
technical references that I can point you to, if you are
interested. Let me know and I will be only to glad to help.

I will warn you, though, that an in depth and detailed study of
Mithraism will cast some rather grave doubts upon the veracity
of Pauline Christianity.