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The Problem of Referents: Interpretation with Reference to What?

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/9780199216130.003.0003
The Problem of Referents: Interpretation with Reference to What?

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This chapter looks at the question of referents: to what does Mithraic iconography allude? Is it to Persian myths and beliefs about Mithra? Or are the referents, especially in the tauroctony, the image of the bull-killing Mithras, to the heavens as culturally constructed? Are they primarily astronomical and/or astrological?

Keywords: referents; iconography; Persian religion; Iranian Mithra; tauroctony; astronomy; astrology

Chapter.  7005 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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