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Britain’s romance with the ancient Romans

Even by the standards of ancient Rome, Mithras was a peculiar god. He was a Persian deity worshipped only by men in underground temples, called Mithraea. He was born from a rock, which adds to his super-macho appeal he was especially popular with soldiers. Ritual killing formed a key theme of the cult: every temple of Mithras included a scene of the god killing a bull, known as the tauroctony. Worshippers had to undergo various initiation rituals, and they perhaps used a secret handshake. If Dan Brown had invented the Freemasons, they would look a lot like first-century Mithraists.

read more Britain’s romance with the ancient Romans | Natalie Haynes | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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This entry was posted on September 24, 2014 by in Archaeology.

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