Images of Mithra by Philippa AdrychImages of Mithra by Philippa Adrych

Images of Mithra

byPhilippa Adrych, Robert Bracey, Dominic Dalglish

Hardcover | April 15, 2017

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With a history of use extending back to Vedic texts of the second millennium BC, derivations of the name Mithra appear in the Roman Empire, across Sasanian Persia, and in the Kushan Empire of southern Afghanistan and northern India during the first millennium AD. Even today, this name has aplace in Yazidi and Zoroastrian religion. But what connection have Mihr in Persia, Miiro in Kushan Bactria, and Mithras in the Roman Empire to one another?Over the course of the volume, specialists in the material culture of these diverse regions explore appearances of the name Mithra from six distinct locations in antiquity. In a subversion of the usual historical process, the authors begin not from an assessment of texts, but by placing images ofMithra at the heart of their analysis. Careful consideration of each example's own context, situating it in the broader scheme of religious traditions and on-going cultural interactions, is key to this discussion. Such an approach opens up a host of potential comparisons and interpretations that areoften side-lined in historical accounts.What Images of Mithra offers is a fresh approach to the ways in which gods were labelled and depicted in the ancient world. Through an emphasis on material culture, a more nuanced understanding of the processes of religious formation is proposed in what is but the first part of the VisualConversations series.
Philippa Adrych read Classics as an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford. She then proceeded to an MPhil in Roman History, and is now a DPhil candidate on the Empires of Faith project. She works on the historiographic problems of the study of Mithras in the Roman world from an object-based perspective. Robert Bracey joined the B...
Title:Images of MithraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198792530

ISBN - 13:9780198792536

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reconstructions: Mithras in Rome2. Patrons and Viewers: Dura-Europos3. Settings: Bourg-Saint-Andeol4. Identifications: Mihr in Sasanian Iran5. Interpretations: Miiro in Kushan Bactria6. Syncretisms: Apollo-Mithras in CommageneConclusionsEpilogue - Quetzalcoatl and Mithra