The symbolic ladder used in the Persian Mysteries of Mithras.
A brave foe, by Mithras, is far better than a feeble friend.
The impure are to be purified, and the evil made good, through the mediation of Mithras, the reconciler of Ormuzd and Ahriman.
The worship of Mithras was originally the worship of the sun.
This worship of Mithras is evidently but a corrupt descendant from the ancient Aryan adoration of Mithra, the god of daylight.
Tertullian has two passages which describe the religion of Mithras.
The worship of Mithras in the third century became the most powerful rival of Christianity.
She appears among the Persians as the “virgin” mother of Mithras.
An altar of Mithras was discovered during the excavations here.
H'm; that may be Mithras's notion of making a clean job of it, but it ain't mine!
Persian god of light, 1550s, from Latin, from Greek Mithras, from Avestan Mithra-, from Indo-Iranian *mitram "contract," whence *mitras "contractual partner, friend," conceptualized as a god, or, according to Kent, first the epithet of a divinity and eventually his name; from PIE root *mei- "to bind" (see mitre). Related to Sanskrit Mitrah, a Vedic deity associated with Varuna. "His name is one of the earliest Indic words we possess, being found in clay tablets from Anatolia dating to about 1500 B.C." [Calvert Watkins, "Dictionary of Indo-European Roots," 2000]. Related: Mithraic; Mithraism.