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The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries


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"Ulansey's style is highly readable and I would unhestatingly recommend it as reading for students who want to learn about this fascinating religion. Ulansey has demystified the mysteries marvelously and with admirable lucidity."--Nicholas D. Humez, Montclair State University "An excellent, well-researched, comprehensive analysis of the origins of a tradition popular throughout Europe and the Near East for hundreds of years."--Antonia Tripolitis, Rutgers Univ. "The illustrations and diagrams play a useful part in this clear and lively exposition concerning the origin of a major reigion which for a time rivalled Christianity."--Shadow "...sets a new standard for both scholarly and popular works on Mithras."--Timothy O'Neill, Gnosis Magazine "A very interesting interpretation of the symbolism of the Mithras-religion."--Journal for the History of Astronomy "Lucid....A surprisingly convincing and readable book, and I heartily recommend it to the educated general reader."--Biblical Archaeologist "[A] thrilling book....Bravo for Ulansey."--Religious Studies Review "Why are the Mysteries of Mithra such a mystery to us?...The astronomical explanation...has been revived in our time under different forms, but never as convincingly, with such an impressive array of arguments--iconographic, geographic, mythological, numismatic, and literary--as those offered by Dr. David Ulansey."--Jacques Duchesne-Guillemin, Institut de France "Ulansey's extremely interesting book throws a completely new light on the origin of the Mithras religion."--B.L. van der Waerden, University of Zurich "Ulansey has put the development of western Mithraism in an utterly new perspective."--Martin Schwartz, University of California, Berkeley "An important contribution toward the comprehension of a religious cult tht spanned Greco-Roman and Near Eastern cultures in late antiquity. Erudite, well written, and fascinating to read....This excellent book is a welcome addition to research on the mysteries of Mithras, and firmly establishes the basis for furhter examination of an important cult of antiquity."--Bulletin for the Center for the Study of World Religions "Fascinating reading."--Choice "A fascinating and. to me, compeltely persuasive scholarly detective story."--The Key Reporter "Ulansey's book addresses a very large audience, from undergraduate to scholars of religion and/or history."--The Journal of Religion

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