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IMAGES OF MITHRA. Philippa Adrych et al. Oxford University Press, 2017. Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology. 232 pp. with 76 ills. (62 col.). 25 x 19 cm. LC 2016-953559 ISBN 9780198792536 In English.
Publisher's description: With a history of use extending back to Vedic texts of the second millennium BC, derivations of the name Mithra appear in the Roman Empire, across Sasanian Persia, and in the Kushan Empire of southern Afghanistan and northern India during the first millennium AD. Even today, this name has a place in Yazidi and Zoroastrian religion. But what connection have Mihr in Persia, Miiro in Kushan Bactria, and Mithras in the Roman Empire to one another? Over the course of the volume, specialists in the material culture of these diverse regions explore appearances of the name Mithra from six distinct locations in antiquity. In a subversion of the usual historical process, the authors begin not from an assessment of texts, but by placing images of Mithra at the heart of their analysis. Careful consideration of each example's own context, situating it in the broader scheme of religious traditions and on-going cultural interactions, is key to this discussion. Such an approach opens up a host of potential comparisons and interpretations that are often side-lined in historical accounts. What Images of Mithra offers is a fresh approach to the ways in which gods were labelled and depicted in the ancient world.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Sculpture, Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 175287
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