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Table Of Contents

Critical Signs used in the Papyrus Text
Introduction
I. The “Mithras Liturgy A Provocative Title
II. The Papyrus
1. Origin and Provenance
III. Albrecht Dieterich (1866-1908): Life and Scholarship
IV Genre and Composition
1, Delimitation
2. The literary genre
3. Composition
4. Redaction
V. The Religio-historical Context
Greek Text*
Translation*
Literary Analysis (Conspectus)
Commentary
I. The Exordium (U. 475-85)
A. The Invocation (I. 475)
B. Presentation of a Petition (11. 475—78)
A. The opening (first) prayer (11. 485—537)
B. Prescription of the breathing ritual (11. 537—38)
C. Introduction to the ascension narrative (11. 539—44)
D. Ascension narrative in seven scenarios (11. 544—731)
III. Supplemental rituals (11. 732—819)
B. Additional instruction (11. 750-8I9)
1. First ritual: the sun-scarab ointment (11. 751—78)
2. Second ritual: the plant kentritis (11. 778—92)
3. Further items of information (11. 792—813)
4. Third ritual: the phylacteries (11. 813—19)
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The “Mithras Liturgy”

The “Mithras Liturgy”

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The author provides the first complete English commentary on one of the most important texts of the history of religions in late antiquity: the so-called "Mithras Liturgy", a magic Graeco-Egyptian papyrus from the 4th century A.D., written from the inner perspective by an initiated devotee of the god Helios-Mithras-Aion and containing an esoteric ritual instruction for an ascension to and consultation with the god.
In addition to an introduction into the history of research since Albrecht Dieterich's famous work "Eine Mithrasliturgie" (1903), the volume contains the Greek text and the English translation, an analysis of the literary composition, and a commentary establishing the text and contextualizing it in relation to Egyptian religion, Mithraism, hermeticism and gnosticism. At the end of the book there is a bibliography and a Greek word-index.
The author provides the first complete English commentary on one of the most important texts of the history of religions in late antiquity: the so-called "Mithras Liturgy", a magic Graeco-Egyptian papyrus from the 4th century A.D., written from the inner perspective by an initiated devotee of the god Helios-Mithras-Aion and containing an esoteric ritual instruction for an ascension to and consultation with the god.
In addition to an introduction into the history of research since Albrecht Dieterich's famous work "Eine Mithrasliturgie" (1903), the volume contains the Greek text and the English translation, an analysis of the literary composition, and a commentary establishing the text and contextualizing it in relation to Egyptian religion, Mithraism, hermeticism and gnosticism. At the end of the book there is a bibliography and a Greek word-index.

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