The Roman Cult of Mithras: The God and His Mysteries 
by Manfred Clauss
Routledge

Reviewed by David Rankine

This is a truly wonderful work, and an absolute must for anyone with an interest in the pagan mystery religions. It is such a refreshing change to read an academically rigorous work that also manages to be a riveting read.
This book provides the most reliable and informative information available on Mithras and his cult, updated to reflect recent archaeological discoveries. Widely illustrated with 124 pictures, the book covers all aspects of what is known about Mithraism, and includes chapters on The growth of the cult, The Mithraeum, Sacred Narrative, Initiation, Utensils, the , and Mithras and Other Gods, Priestly Grades, Mithras and Christ, as well as chapters setting the context for all the material. This book is an essential for every bookshelf, that rare occurrence of material presented beautifully by an expert that leaves you wiser and hungry for more.
If you have any interest whatsoever in Mithras or the development of pagan religions … there is no hesitation when I say …Buy it!

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