Iranian Mythological Motives in the Roman Mithraism (Neo-Pythagorean-Platonic Interpretations) Cover Image
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Ирански митологични мотиви в римския митраизъм (Неопитагорейско-платонически интерпретации)
Iranian Mythological Motives in the Roman Mithraism (Neo-Pythagorean-Platonic Interpretations)

Author(s): Emil Kolarov
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Customs / Folklore, Philosophical Traditions, Non-European Philosophy, Sociology, History of ideas, Ancient World, Theology and Religion, East Asian Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Middle-East Philosophy, Sociology of Culture, Ontology
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: Mithraism; Mithra; Iranian; pythagoreanism; neo-platonism; logos; antique mysteries; mythology; archaeomusicology; numerology

Summary/Abstract: The Roman Mithraism is an Occidental variant of the cult of the ancient Iranian deity Mithra. The article explores the Iranian origin of some of the main mythological motives found in this Mystery religion and their interpretation through the prism of the Neo-Pythagoreanism and Neo-Platonism in the Late Antique Rome. A hypothesis is formulated about the fundamental significance of the concept of the logos or ratio in the context of the numerological and musical-astronomical allegories of the cult, derived from the Chaldean-Persian teachings and the science of ancient Sumer, permitting to reconstruct yet unsuspected aspects of its esoteric doctrine.

  • Issue Year: 24/2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 351-368
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian