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Old Ways: The Reconstruction of Mithraic Doctrine from Iconography

ROGER BECK

in The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216130
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216130.003.0002
Old Ways: The Reconstruction of Mithraic Doctrine from Iconography

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This chapter critiques the traditional method, established by Franz Cumont. Cumont's method was first to reconstruct Mithraic myth from Mithraic iconography and then to extrapolate Mithraic doctrine and beliefs from the myth.

Keywords: Franz Cumont; iconography; myth; doctrine; beliefs

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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