Planetary Gods and Planetary Orders in the Mysteries of Mithra; Etudes Preliminaires aux Religions Orientales dans l'Empire Romain, Tome Cent-Neuviéme. Roger BECK.

Planetary Gods and Planetary Orders in the Mysteries of Mithra; Etudes Preliminaires aux Religions Orientales dans l'Empire Romain, Tome Cent-Neuviéme

Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1988. First Edition. Softcover. Large octavo. xiv, 112pp + vi b&w plates. Teal cloth over card covers, appendix, index. With b&w frontispiece, 5 in-text figures and vi plates. The first edition of this study in which the author commences with a "mystery": "Why did Mithraism, in assigning the seven planets as tutelary powers to its hierarchy of grades of initiation, set them in novel and unique order; what was the logic of that order's construction, and to what meanings did it give expression?" - which, in the answering, proved to be a part of a larger, more complex fundamental question regarding the role of several planetary orders in the doctrines of the cult. (from the Foreword). Very light shelf wear, underlining, annotations and highlighting to most of the first 40 pages - otherwise a tight VG copy. Item #62430
ISBN: 9004084509

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