American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mythology The ancient Persian god of light and guardian against evil, often identified with the sun.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deity of the ancient Persians, the god of light or of the sun, who came at last to be regarded as the ruler of both the material and the spiritual universe, and was worshiped with an elaborate ritual, with accompaniment of ceremonial mysteries. In this form his worship was adopted by the Romans under the early empire, and enjoyed great popularity. Representations of Mithras are common in Roman art, usually showing him as a youth in Oriental dress performing the mystic sacrifice of a bull. Sacred caves or grottos were the regular seats of his worship.
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- n. A Roman god, cult figure of the 2nd-4th century Roman mystery religion known as the "Mysteries of Mithras" (now colloquially Mithraism)
- n. ancient Persian god of light and truth; sun god
- From Latin Mithras. (Wiktionary)
- Greek Mithrās, from Avestan Mithrō and Old Persian Mithra; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It should be added that Professor Cumont does not regard it as a Mithraic liturgy at all, but accounts for the distinct mention of the name Mithras, which is to be found in some parts, to a common tendency of semi-magical incantations to employ as many deities as possible.”
“Mithras is right: there are unhinged people on both 'sides'; the best we can do ourselves is engage the reasonable folks, i.e., the folks who realize that the two sides that matter are us and the Republicans.”
“And how did he know his visitant was called Mithras?”
“Mithras is another arrogant yuppie full of his own ego and is really not worth bothering about.”
“ Zoroaster taught that the sun was the most perfect fire of God, the throne of his glory, and the residence of his divine presence, and he therefore instructed his disciples "to direct all their worship to God first towards the sun (which they called Mithras), and next towards their sacred fires, as being the things in which God chiefly dwelt; and their ordinary way of worship was to do so towards both.”
“She drove back to Eugene’s, thinking of the man she had left behind in that sepulchral place and wondering if, with her departure, the mind-created thing he called Mithras was muttering to him once more.”
“There are no images for God in their temples, so that everyone may represent Him to his thoughts, according to the way of his religion; nor do they call this one God by any other name than that of Mithras, which is the common name by which they all express the Divine”
“For which cause, the Persians called Mithras the mediator.”
“The Vatican was built upon the grounds previously devoted to the worship of Mithra (also known as Mithras) (600 B.C.)”
“There are no images for God in their temples, so that every one may represent Him to his thoughts according to the way of his religion; nor do they call this one God by any other name but that of Mithras, which is the common name by which they all express the Divine Essence, whatsoever otherwise they think it to be; nor are there any prayers among them but such as every one of them may use without prejudice to his own opinion.”
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