1. Proper noun.  The prophet of the ancient Iranian religion Zoroastrianism.
  2. Proper noun.  Pseudepigraphic name used by various Greek and Latin authors of late antiquity to lend their opinions weight.
  3. Proper noun.  Ostensible source/founder of the "mysteries" of the Roman ''Mysteriae Mithrae'' ("Mysteries of Mithras", "Mithraic Mysteries"), an astrology-centric, middle-platonic mystery cult of the 1st-4th century Roman Empire whose adherents worshiped in "caves" (i.e. Mithraea) in imitation of "Zoroaster". (Porphyry, ''De Antro Nympharum'' 6).

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