Ritual sacrifice, ancient insults and sacred fire: 2 million years of history – in pictures
Statue of Mithras Marble, 100–200, Rome, Italy. The cult of the god Mithras fell into decline in the fourth century with the rise of Christianity in the Roman empire. Influenced by Persian religion, it once had a wide following spanning the whole of the Roman empire. Here, Mithras, in eastern dress, pierces a bull’s throat while a dog and a snake lap up the flowing blood and a scorpion attacks the bull’s genitals.
Religion, Politics and Persia Persian culture and Zarathustra | the Parthian empire to the Sassanids | the Prophet Mani | Manichaeism scattered | from Shapur II to decline | Invasions, famine and a failed communist revolution Sassanid Empire Persian Culture and Zarathustra Under Persia's Achaemenid Dynasty (550-330 BCE), temples had appeared for the first time. The Persians were related to those Aryans who had invaded India, or a least they had a language closely related to these A
Ahura Mazda. the Iranian sky god, the Wise Lord, and god of order, depicted as a bearded man on a winged disk, was the principal god of the ancient Zoroastrians. He was one of the Indo-Iranian spiritual lords who also included Mithra and Varuna. Achaemenid Persians worshiped him as Ahuramazda, giver of kingship. Later dynasties worshiped him as a perfect and omniscient spirit. He came to be depicted in human form.