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Cult of Mithra (Mithraism) 



Mithraism was a mystery cult which was popular in Roman society during the early centuries of Christianity.  The cult was derived from the Iranian god of light, war, and justice, Mithras, or Mithra.  The worship of Mithra was practiced as far away from Rome as Britain and Germany.  When the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in 312 A.D. (C.E.), Mithraism declined.          



LINNCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms


  • Mithraism (Keyword)
  • Roman religion (Keyword)
  • Mystery religions (Keyword)


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • BL610
  • BL722
  • BL802
  • CB311


Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bravington, Alison (Ed.). Vanished Civilizations. 2002.

                      Call Number: CB311 .V35 2002

  • Burkert, Walter. Ancient Mystery Cults. 1987.  

                       Call Number: BL610 .B87 1987

  • MacMullen, Ramsay. Paganism in the Roman Empire. 1981.

                      Call Number: BL802 .M32

  • Martin, Luther H. Hellenistic Religions: An Introduction. 1987.

                       Call Number: BL722 .M33 1987

  • Perowne, Stewart. Roman Mythology. 1984.

                       Call Number: BL802 .P46 1984


Reference Materials

  • Cavendish, Richard (Ed.). Man, Myth, & Magic. 1997. 

                       Call Number: REF BF1407 .M34 1997  (Also in Circulating Books.)                           

o   Vol. 13, pgs. 1751-1754

  • Coulter, Charles R. Encyclopedia of Ancient Dieties. 2000.

                     Call Number: REF BL473 .C67 2000 

o       Pg. 325

  • Doniger, Wendy (Ed.). Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions. 1999.

                       Call Number: REF BL31 .M47 1999

o   Pgs. 742-743

  • Price, Simon (Ed.). Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion. 2003.

                       Call Number: REF BL715 .O94 2003

o   Pgs. 354-356


Research Databases

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 (Search using Mithraism) 

  • Academic Search Complete



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