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SOLD OUT Mithras: A Roman God in London
Monday 25 February @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| £9
Mithras: A Roman God in London
Lecture – Ruth Clydesdale
In a dark cave, a man straddling a bull plunges a dagger into its neck. A dog and a snake leap to lick its blood, while a scorpion grips its testicles. This image is the centrepiece of Mithraism, a mystery cult of the Roman Empire. Here in London the Walbrook Mithraeum has been superbly restored and opened to visitors in 2017. Speaker Ruth Clydesdale delves into the rituals and meanings of this god’s worship. Since initiates were vowed to secrecy much remains mysterious, but she nonetheless uncovers a world of cross-cultural gods, raucous animal imitations and hearty feasting. Mithraists worshipped in underground temples – who knows what will transpire in Treadwell’s basement?
Ruth Clydesdale is an independent researcher and lecturer on art, religion and their links to ancient philosophies. She is a popular speaker and returns to Treadwell’s at our invitation.
Time: Arrive 7.15 for 7.30 start. No latecomers
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