- the god of light and truth, later of the sun.
Origin of Mithras
Examples from the Web for mithras
Historical Examples of mithras
Then, in the name of Mithras, I must go on, though it should make my heart bleed.
A brave foe, by Mithras, is far better than a feeble friend.
"By Mithras, you son of Hystaspes, you must be in love," interrupted Araspes.
The worship of Mithras was originally the worship of the sun.
Here is a holy tree, and not far distant is a cave of Mithras.The God-Idea of the Ancients
Eliza Burt Gamble
- Persian myth the god of light, identified with the sun, who slew a primordial bull and fertilized the world with its blood
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.