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Headword: *mi/qrou
Adler number: mu,1045
Translated headword: Mithras', of Mithras
Vetting Status: high
"The Persians believe the sun to be Mithras and they offer to him many sacrifices".
"[...] so no one would be able to be initiated into his cult, unless, going through some steps of ordeals, he shows himself holy and free from passion".
Greek Original:
*mi/qrou: *mi/qran nomi/zousin ei)=nai oi( *pe/rsai to\n h(/lion kai\ tou/tw| qu/ousi polla\s qusi/as. ou)k a)\n ou)=n ei)s au)to\n dunh/saito/ tis telesqh=nai, ei) mh\ dia/ tinwn baqmw=n parelqw\n tw=n kola/sewn dei/cei e(auto\n o(/sion kai\ a)paqh=.
The headword is genitive singular of the name of the Indo-Iranian god Mithras. (On Mithras, and Mithraism, see generally Roger Beck in OCD(4) s.v.) It must be quoted from somewhere: there are instances in e.g. Plutarch, Alexander 30.8 (Dareios invokes 'the great light of Mithras') but the present one appears to come from Gregory of Nazianzus' speech 1 Against Julian. Both of the quotations here -- the first of them also in other lexica (see the references at Photius mu446 Theodoridis) -- come from ps.-Nonnus, Scholia mythologica, on Greg.Naz.(PG 36.1009d and 989d).
Keywords: Christianity; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; mythology; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 27 May 2004@18:48:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 28 May 2004@03:18:36.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 28 May 2004@11:13:25.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 22 May 2013@09:02:11.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 May 2013@23:35:07.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@08:43:19.
Catharine Roth (coding, deleted link) on 9 August 2014@16:23:52.


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