- an ancient Persian religion in which Mithras was worshiped, involving secret rituals to which only men were admitted: a major competitor of Christianity in the Roman empire during the 2nd and 3rd centuries a.d.
Also Mith·ra·i·cism [mith-rey-uh-siz-uh m] /mɪθˈreɪ əˌsɪz əm/.
Origin of Mithraism
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It was manifestly prior both to Christianity and to Mithraism.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
Mithraism easily combined with the worship of Apollo, or the Sun-God.
It is highly probable that he had been influenced by Mithraism.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
In the reign of Pompey, Mithraism, a cult borrowed from Persia, was spread throughout the empire.Reincarnation
And Mithraism itself regarded religion under the figure of a warfare.The Origin of Paul's Religion
J. Gresham Machen
- the ancient Persian religion of Mithras. It spread to the Roman Empire during the first three centuries ad