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Caption'Ahura-Mazda destroying the monsters that had risen against him is a Hellenic Zeus annihilating the giants with his bolts; Verethragna is transformed into a Hercules; Helios is a young man with long flowing hair mounted on the usual quadriga; Neptune Venus Diana Mercury Mars Pluto Saturn are shown to us in their ordinary aspect with the garb and attributes which are known to have been theirs from time immemorial. Similarly the Winds the Seasons and the Planets had been personified long before the propagation of Mithraism and the latter cult had only to reproduce in its temples the models that had long since been made popular. On the other hand one personage at least is a transformation of an Asiatic archetype; this is the leontocephalous or lion-headed Kronos. "
HeadlineTHE MYSTERIES OF MITHRA by Franz Cumont
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