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8 Results The Mithraic Liturgy, Clergy and Devotees by Franz Cumont (). The Mysteries of Mithra by Franz Cumont (). CUMONT, FRANZ. Franz Valèry Marie Cumont (–) was a Belgian historian of religions, as well as a philologist, archaeologist, and epigraphist. Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism, by Franz Cumont, at

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In the fourth editionCumont added a chapter on the Dionysiac mysteries. Topic select a topic Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist….


In contrast to the cold and formal religions of Rome, the Oriental faiths, with their hoary traditions and basis of science and culture, their fine ceremonial, the excitement attendant on their mysteries, their deities with hearts of compassion, their cultivation of the social bond, their appeal to conscience and their promises of purification and reward in a future life, were personal rather than civic, and satisfied the individual soul.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. What his book The Mysteries of Mithra is to his special knowledge of Mithraism, The Oriental Religions is to his knowledge of the whole field. Get to Know Us.

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Franz Cumont – Wikipedia

Cumont was a graduate of the University of Ghent Cymont, To what was due this change in the content of the pagan ideal, so great that the phraseology in which the ideal is described puts us in mind of Christian doctrine itself? We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Cumont also tries to explain how the Oriental cults paved the way for the adoption of Christianity. When another candidate was named, inCumont resigned his positions at the University and rranz the Royal Museum in Brussels, left Belgium and henceforth divided his time between Paris and Rome.

The influence that underlay their pretensions was so real that there is some warrant for the view of Renan that at one time it was doubtful whether the current as it flowed away into the Dark Ages should be Mithraic or Christian.


The few specialists in ancient religions may indeed sail smoothly in the current of his thought; but the very nature of a subject which ramifies so extensively and so intricately into the whole of ancient life, concerning itself with practically all the manifestations of ancient civilization.

Well handled, it may become a powerful instrument to expedite progress. Recognition of his mastery of an enormous array of detailed learning followed immediately on the publication.

The presentation in outline of the main lines of thought which underlie his conception of the importance of the Oriental religions in universal history may afford the uninitiated reader a background against which the author’s depiction of the various cults of the Oriental group will be more easily and clearly seen.

Only 11 left in stock more on the way. Devotees believe that an understanding of the influence of the planets and stars on earthly affairs allows them…. He used the occasion to study ancient astrological conceptions and the relationship between philosophical and religious theories, especially Neoplatonism.

The reception of the “Oriental cults” in different parts of the Roman Empire for example, on the Danubian limes provoked assimilations and syncretisms between the Roman, Greek, and Oriental cults and did not erase the Romans’ ancient religious beliefs, but it encouraged cultural interactions, as demonstrated in Nicole Belayche’s work e.

Astrology and religion among the Greeks and Romans Jul 12, Pearl Harbor attack, December 7,surprise aerial attack on the U.

Privacy Policy Add Comment. Cumont’s contribution to knowledge, and above all, to life, that these brief words of introduction are undertaken. Cumont is an interpreter.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As an investigator, he combines in one person Teutonic thoroughness and Gallic intuition. Nonetheless, Cumont’s Les religions orientales dans le paganisme romain remains a fundamental step in the history of ancient religions. November 2, This article is available in print.


Books by Franz Cumont

Cumont, “that in modern Europe the faithful had deserted the Christian churches to worship Allah or Brahma, to follow the precepts of Confucius or Buddha, or to adopt the maxims of the Shinto; let us imagine a great confusion of all the races of the world in which Arabian granz, Chinese scholars, Japanese bonzes, Tibetan lamas and Hindu pundits should all be preaching fatalism and predestination.

It is located in the valley of the Senne Flemish: Internet URLs are the best. From a methodological point of view, Cumont was a complete scholar able to make use of all the sources literary and material available to him to present cumontt vivid and richly documented historical fresco.

He retired inand in he decided to live in Rome and Paris as a franx scholar, rejecting offers of several academic positions. Home Environment Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Cumont, Franz.

November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Cumont, “the triumph of the church will, in our opinion, appear more and more as the culmination of ckmont long evolution of beliefs. We are under no necessity of artificially darkening the heathen world; the light of the Evangel streams into it brightly enough without this. Cumont, with several collaborators in particular Franz Bollpublished several volumes on the Italian, German, British, and French libraries.

Their Astrology and Religion. But it is no less necessary to realize, in the second place, that, had there not been an essential solidarity of all these different faiths, the triumph of Christianity would have been achieved with much less difficulty and in much less time.

Cumont traces the development of conceptions of the soul, especially in the Roman world.