One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sanctuary or temple of the god Mithras.
- ‘The Mithraea were spread all over the Roman empire and some 50 of these caves still exist in Rome today.’
- ‘Three Mithraea have been excavated, at London, Carrawburgh, and Housesteads (Northumberland).’
- ‘The widespread popularity of the cult is evident from the records of Mithraea which have been identified all over the empire, and which are still coming to light.’
- ‘In the Aventine Mithraeum the followers of the god were shown in procession offering their gifts.’
- ‘In most of the Mithraea there was a portico which led into a second sacristy, where the ritual dresses were probably kept.’
Late Latin, from Latin Mithras (see Mithras).
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