I have now finished my book review of David Ulansey’s much read book. It is here.
Ulansey’s ideas are interesting, but ultimately quite improbable. His star-map stuff just does not work. The tauroctony is a star-map of the sky as it was in 2,000 BC? I don’t think so, somehow.
I don’t see anything that disproves his theory that Mithras is really a code-name for Perseus. That bit of the book had some actual evidence for it, which most of his book did not. The problem is that the actual evidence for this idea is pretty thin; a case-ending in Statius, a scholion on Statius in Lactantius Placidus, plus a lot of speculation.
R. L. Gordon’s dismissal of the book as speculation heaped upon speculation is by and large correct. Ulansey is making bricks without straw.