Essai sur le culte et les mysteres de Mithra by Amedee Louis, Ulysse Gasquet

By Amedee Louis, Ulysse Gasquet

This Elibron Classics booklet is a facsimile reprint of a 1899 version by means of Armand Colin et Cie, Paris.

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Avec ies empereurs syriens se repand la vogue des cultes solaires. Elagabal, le prfetre syrien couronne, pretend subordonner au dieu d'Emese toutes les divi- 'empire, preludant a un syncretisme premature, qui, dans sa pensee, devait embrasser le judaisme et le cliristianisme (3). Mais c'est surtotit aites de ] d'Aurelien que datent Textension et rimmense popularite de Mithra. N<5 en Pannonie, d'une pr6tresse du Soleil, eleve par sa mere dans le temple, il est envoye comme ambassadeur en Perse. Au J cours d'uii festin, il lit dans le relief d'une coupe consacree a Mithra la promesse de sa grandeur (1) Le Parthe Tiridate initie a Rome Neron.

Les attributs du leontocephale se rapportent assez exacternent aux symboles a la fois astronomiques et moraux, qui s'etalent plus abondamment autour hdu type du tauroctone.. Le lion represente le soleil jians le signe qui repond a Fardeur de Fete, comme v le taureau le repre'sente dans celui qui repond au ! symbole du principe igne, comme 1'autre celui du principe humide. Le serpent est a la fois Fennemi mythologique du prin temps soleil, -a ; le e'tant le premier toutes les periodes de sa course et le genie du mal dans du parsisme.

A). Usdisent que le Cancer est la porte par laquelle des- cendent les ames, et le Capricorne celle par laquelle elles remontent. Le Cancer est au nord et favorable a la descente le Capricorne au midi et favorable a 1'ascension. Car les regions septentrionales sont ; propres aux ames qui descendent dans la generation. De nieme les tbeologiens ont des etabli pour portes Lune, disant que le soleil porte par laquelle montent les ames, la lune ames est la le Soleil et la celle par oil elles descendent.

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