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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Cumont’s work, then, transports us in imagination to a time when Christianity was still–at framz in the eyes of Roman pagans–only one of a numerous array of foreign Eastern religions struggling for recognition in the Roman world, and especially in the city of Rome.

Recognition of his mastery of an enormous array of detailed learning followed immediately on the publication. Assuming that no religion can succeed merely because of feanz, but must stand on some foundation of moral excellence, he shows how the pagan faiths were able to bold their own, and even to contest the ground with Christianity.

Are you an author? Scripta Maiora et Scripta Minora, ed. Frsnz a dream, which the future may perhaps realize, would offer a pretty accurate picture of the religious chaos in which the ancient world was struggling before the reign of Constantine. Modern Language Association http: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the frans. Retrieved from ” https: Cumont’s other work of prime interest to students of the ancient faiths, Les religions orientales dans le paganisme romainappeared inwas revised and issued in a second edition inand is now presented in English in the following pages.

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Different aspects of Cumont’s reconstruction were challenged by Arthur Darby Nock and Paul Veyne, who doubt that such a symbolic value is actually perceptible.

There was a vigorous press campaign and student agitation in Cumont’s favor, because the refusal was seen as blatant religious interference in the University’s life.


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Finally, the work of M. He was an excellent philologist Hermann Diels’s favorite pupilepigraphist, and historian of religions, sciences, and art, and he was also deeply involved in geographical and institutional history. 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. Cumont passed through the two world wars without fighting, but he tried to maintain intellectual activity as a sign of cultural resistance.

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Nonetheless, Cumont’s Les religions orientales dans le paganisme romain remains a fundamental step in the history of ancient religions.

It took from its opponents their own weapons, and used them; the better elements of paganism were transferred to the new religion.

He is thus ffranz example of the highest type of scholar–the exhaustive searcher after evidence, and the sympathetic interpreter who mediates between his subject and the lay intellectual life of his time. Sanders in Nationaal Biographisch Woordenboek 1, Brussels,cols. Cumont’s chapter is quoted from my review of the first edition of Les religions orientales in Classical PhilologyIII, 4, p. From a methodological point of view, Cumont was a complete scholar able to make use of all the frans literary and material available to him to present a vivid and fganz documented historical fresco.

The “Oriental cults” were in fact more “Greco-Oriental” — they passed first from Asia to Greece, where they were deeply Hellenized, and then from Greece to Rome.

In the s Cumont’s reconstruction of the Mithra’s mysteries came under criticism by Richard Gordon frans others. InBaron Edouard Descampsthe Catholic Minister of Sciences and Arts at the University of Ghentrefused to approve the faculty’s unanimous recommendation of Cumont for the chair in Roman History, Cumont having been a professor there since He was the first to point out the importance of the so-called Oriental cults for the evolution of Roman paganism, and he attempted to study them not only from the ucmont and public point of view, but also from the social and private one.


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His lectures as guest professor at the College de France in and at the University of Oxford in were published under the title Les religions cumlnt dans le paganisme romain Paris,with one chapter on Mithraism. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The town hall begun in the middle of the 12th centurywith its bell carillon, is the oldest in Belgium, and its archives include 12th-century manuscripts.

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Cumont examines how Greek myths — such as the stories of Phaeton, Frabz, or the Muses — came to be used, through philosophical interpretation, as themes for the decoration of the sarcophagi of the upper classes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. We are under no necessity of artificially darkening the heathen world; the light of the Evangel streams into it brightly enough without this. Frranz contributed to many standard encyclopedias, published voluminously and inunder stressful political conditions, conducted digs on the shore of the Euphrates at the previously unknown site of Dura-Europos ; he published his research there in Cumont thus accounts for the vitality of the old faiths: 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 farnz cultural interactions, as demonstrated in Nicole Belayche’s ucmont e.

And yet, admirable as is M.