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SUBJECT Mithraism
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NOTES Refers to the religion based on devotion and worship to Mithra, the Iranian god of the sun, justice, contract, mediation, and war in pre-Zoroastrian Iran. Also refers to the religion in the Roman Empire during the second and third centuries centered around the worship of Mithras, the patron deity of loyalty to the emperor. This religious practice dissipated with the recognition of Christianity by emperor Constantine in the fourth century.
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