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Zervan, encircled by a snake Mithraic-Persian deity. According to the orthodox teaching of Zarathushtra, Zervan is a creature of Ahura-Mazda, the God of Good. According to a second theory, however, there were originally two archetypes, that of Good and that of Evil. A separate Sassanid sect regarded Zervan Akarana, Infinite Time, as the cause and the source of all things

Zervan, encircled by a snake Mithraic-Persian deity. According to the orthodox teaching of Zarathushtra, Zervan is a creature of Ahura-Mazda, the God of Good. According to a second theory, however, there were originally two archetypes, that of Good and that of Evil. A separate Sassanid sect regarded Zervan Akarana, Infinite Time, as the cause and the source of all things

Mosaic of the Orientation Grades. A mosaic depicting the seven stages of initiation from the Mithraeum of Felicissimus in Ostia. Detail of the seventh rectangle: the planet Saturn (sickle), Pater’s degree, the hierarchy’s supreme one (Phrygian cap, Mithras’ hat), with the command stick and patera for libations.

Mosaic of the Orientation Grades. A mosaic depicting the seven stages of initiation from the Mithraeum of Felicissimus in Ostia. Detail of the seventh rectangle: the planet Saturn (sickle), Pater’s degree, the hierarchy’s supreme one (Phrygian cap, Mithras’ hat), with the command stick and patera for libations.

Marble tombstone of a woman (seated) who died leaving her child in the care of a nurse. Athens, 425-400 BC. Now in the British Museum. Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

Marble tombstone of a woman (seated) who died leaving her child in the care of a nurse. Athens, 425-400 BC. Now in the British Museum. Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

Marble tombstone of a woman (seated) who died leaving her child in the care of a nurse. Athens, 425-400 BC. Now in the British Museum. Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

Marble tombstone of a woman (seated) who died leaving her child in the care of a nurse. Athens, 425-400 BC. Now in the British Museum. Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

Fragment of a Mosaic with Mithras, 1st century (Roman), The Walters Art Museum

Fragment of a Mosaic with Mithras, 1st century (Roman), The Walters Art Museum

figurine of Cautopates, found in Yorkshire

figurine of Cautopates, found in Yorkshire

Aion - Mithraic Deity of Eternal Time by Victor and Patricia Ocampo, via Flickr

Aion - Mithraic Deity of Eternal Time by Victor and Patricia Ocampo, via Flickr

Mithraic lion-headed figure or Leontocephaline (Aion or Ahriman)

Mithraic lion-headed figure or Leontocephaline (Aion or Ahriman)

Statue de Mithra tauroctone. Roman marble statue of the young god Mithras. 2nd century A.D. 20,86 in. high.

Statue de Mithra tauroctone. Roman marble statue of the young god Mithras. 2nd century A.D. 20,86 in. high.

Mithras slaying a bull, Roman statue (marble), 2nd century AD, (British Museum, London).

Mithras slaying a bull, Roman statue (marble), 2nd century AD, (British Museum, London).