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De errore profanarum religionum


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De errore profanarum religionum
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(On The Error of Profane Religions)


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by Julius Firmicus Maternus

[5] «The Persians and all the Magi who inhabit the borderlands of Persia reverence the fire, and give to it the primary place among all the elements. These then regard the fire as possessed of a double energy, assigning its character, to each sex, and expounding the essential substance of the fire under the figure of a man and woman. The woman they represent with three faces and girded with huge snakes... while in the worship of the hero who drove off the bulls they transfer his rites to the cult of the fire, as his poet has recorded for us when he wrote: "Mystic priest of the captured bulls, skilful son of a noble sire".    

To him they give the name Mithras, and celebrate his rites in secret caves, that shrouded in the dim obscurityof the darkness they may shun the touch of the pure and glorious light. Truly an ill-omened exaltation of a deity! a hateful recognition of a barbarian rite! to deify one whose criminal acts your confess. When you affirm therefore that in the temples the Magian rites are duly performed after the Persian ceremonial, why do you confine your approval to these Persian rites alone? If you think it not derogatory to the Roman name to adopt Persian cults and Persian laws.»


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  • Year: 348 A.D.

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  • Original language: Latin

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