By Franz Cumont

It's the function of those lectures brought lower than the auspices of the yankee Committee for Lectures at the background of Religions, to sum up the result of researches carried on by means of me for a few years within the box of old astrology and astral faith. For a few evidence set forth the following in a precis type, i will be able to refer the reader attracted to the main points to a few detailed articles released in quite a few periodicals; the evidence of alternative assertions may be given in a bigger paintings that i'm hoping at a few destiny date to put up in this related basic subject matter.

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J. J. M. --The Development of Religion in China. The lecturer for 1911-1912 was Prof. Franz Cumont of Brussels, recognised as the leading authority on Greek Astrology and Mithraism. From 1892 until his resignation in 1910, Prof. Cumont held the Chair of Roman Institutions at the University of Ghent. Since 1899, he has been Curator of the Royal Museums of Antiquities at Brussels. Prof. Cumont's great work on the Mithra Cult was published in 1894-1900, and is the standard work on that subject. This was followed by a smaller summary, Les Mystères de Mithra, of which an English translation, under the title "Mysteries of Mithra," was published in 1903.

LECTURE VI. ESCHATOLOGY 92 Astral mysticism as a preparation for the future life, 92--Principal doctrines, 92--Astral eschatology in Greece, 95--Development in the Roman world, 98--(a) Who obtains immortality? Kings and statesmen, 99--Soldiers and priests, 99--All pious and pure men, 100--(b) How did souls rise to the stars? Ancient means, 101--Magic processes, 102--Theory of solar attraction, 103--The nature of the soul, 103--Ascension through the elements, 104--Mythological beliefs, 106--A god as a leader of pious souls, 106--(c) Where is the abode of the blest?

From this it follows that in Babylonia and in Greece, the two nations among whom the methodical study of the heavens led to the construction of systems which imposed themselves on the world, the development of these theories was partly contemporaneous. In the sixth century, when Thales is said to have predicted an eclipse, the Greeks began by being disciples of the Orientals, from whom they borrowed the rudiments of their knowledge. [p. 10] But towards the middle of the fifth century they soared aloft on their own wings and soon reached greater heights than their former teachers.

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