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The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman EmpireMysteries of the Unconquered Sun$
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Roger Beck

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216130.001.0001

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The Problem of Referents: Interpretation with Reference to What?

The Problem of Referents: Interpretation with Reference to What?

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(p.26) 3 The Problem of Referents: Interpretation with Reference to What?
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The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire
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ROGER BECK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216130.003.0003

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

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