Mithra Timeline

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  • c. 700 BCE - c. 300 BCE
    Probable dates for the development of the worship of Mithra.
  • c. 550 BCE - 330 BCE
    Mithra is referenced through inscriptions during the Achaemenid Empire.
  • c. 67 BCE - c. 66 BCE
    Mithra is worshipped by pirates relocated by Pompey the Great in Cilicia.
  • c. 100 CE - c. 400 CE
    The cult of the Roman god Mithras, based on the Persian Mithra, flourishes in the Roman Empire.
  • 651 CE
    Sassanian Empire falls to the invading Muslim Arabs; worship of Mithra suppressed along with much of Persian culture.
  • c. 700 CE - c. 1000 CE
    Zoroastrian Parsees flee Iran for India, taking sacred texts and keeping ancient traditions alive; worship of Mithra is preserved.

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700 BCE - 300 BCE: Probable dates for the development of the worship of Mithra.
 
550 BCE - 330 BCE: Mithra is referenced through inscriptions during the Achaemenid Empire.
 
 
67 BCE - 66 BCE: Mithra is worshipped by pirates relocated by Pompey the Great in Cilicia.
 
 
100 CE - 400 CE: The cult of the Roman god Mithras, based on the Persian Mithra, flourishes in the Roman Empire.
 
 
651 CE: Sassanian Empire falls to the invading Muslim Arabs; worship of Mithra suppressed along with much of Persian culture.
 
700 CE - 1000 CE: Zoroastrian Parsees flee Iran for India, taking sacred texts and keeping ancient traditions alive; worship of Mithra is preserved.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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