The Mysteries of Mithras in Late Antiquity: New Perspectives, Old Problems of Interpretation
The first part of the lecture is a short summary, from the star talk perspective, of the most important results of a Hungarian Mithraic research project that took place from 1999 to 2005, followed by a new presentation of the time paradoxon in Mithraic mysteries, and an alternative interpretation of the “City of Darkness” painting in the Mithraeum of Hawarte as an image of apokatastasis.
Dr. habil. Levente Nagy is senior assistant professor at the University of Pécs, Department of Archaeology, teaching ancient Greek-Roman religion and iconography, Roman and early Christian archaeology, early Christian church history, protection of historical monuments. He is a member of the Research Center of Church History and Patrology at the University of Pécs, member of the Hungarian Associations of Classical Antiquity and Patrology, and of the Hungarian Associations of Archaeologists, Patrologists and Byzantinists. He has published various books and articles on Roman and late antique burial costumes, ancient magic and ghost stories, cult and passions of Pannonian martyrs, Mithraic and early Christian iconography. He is also the coordinator of the research project “Frühes Christentum in Ungarn” at the University of Pécs in collaboration with the University of Vienna. This year he held lectures about early Christian iconography at international conferences in Pécs, Rome and Vienna.