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Volume XIV, Number 2 | spring 2021

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A fourteenth-century-bc peace treaty recorded on a cuneiform tablet contains an invocation to Mithra, the Indo-Iranian god of the sun as well as of oaths and mutual obligation. In the Roman Empire, Mithras was honored as the god of loyalty to the emperor, while in Indian Vedic texts, he represents friendship and benevolence and, along with the god Varuna, is entrusted with the maintenance of the gods’ essence.

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us but for ours to amuse them.

—Evelyn Waugh, 1963

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