Mithras

EnglishEdit

Mithras

EtymologyEdit

From Latin Mithras.

Proper nounEdit

Mithras

  1. A Roman god, cult figure of the 2nd-4th century Roman mystery religion known as the "Mysteries of Mithras" (now colloquially Mithraism)

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably via Ancient Greek Μίθρας ‎(Míthras), via some unattested Old Iranian intermediary, ultimately from vocative Avestan 𐬨𐬌𐬚𐬭𐬀 ‎(Miθra) (cf. Mithra).

Until the 1970s, the character of Roman Mithras was widely assumed to be a continuation of that of Iranian Mithra (and thus also of Indo-Iranian *mitra). This notion is no longer followed today, and it is generally agreed that borrowing (e.g. of the name) does not constitute continuation.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Mithrās m ‎(genitive Mithrae); first declension

  1. A Roman god, cult figure of the 2nd-4th century Roman mystery religion known as the "Mysteries of Mithras" (now colloquially Mithraism)
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