Starry Twins and Mystery Rites: From Samothrace to Mithras

  title={Starry Twins and Mystery Rites: From Samothrace to Mithras},
  author={Sandra Blakely},
  journal={Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae},
  • S. Blakely
  • Published 1 December 2018
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  • Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Iconographic analogies between the Mithraic torchbearers, Cautes and Cautopates, and the Greek Dioscuri encourage a comparative analysis of these figures in context. Previous studies have emphasized the potential for the divine twins to be the origins of the torchbearers: a closer examination of the Dioscuri as they functioned within another mystery cult, the rites of the Great Gods of Samothrace, offers light on both the phenomenology of initiation and the cultural context common to both the…