6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A provocative alternative to Cumont,
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This review is from: The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World (Paperback)
This is simply an excellent piece of work, which confidently challenges the Iranian hypothesis of Cumont by arguing for an astronomical rather than comsogonic interpretation of the tauroctony and questioning Cumont's "circular" proof for a Zoroastrian genesis to Roman Mithraism. Shoul be read alongside Cumont, however, so that a possible synthesis between the two Mithraic scholars can be proposed. Beautifully illustrated and written in a racy style that will appeal to the non-specialist whilst not insulting the scholar.
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