Traditions of the Magi: Zoroastrianism in Greek and Latin Literature

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1997 - Religion - 496 pages
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This is the first full treatment of the Greek and Latin references to Zoroastrianism since the pioneering works of Benveniste, Bidez & Cumont, and Clemen. It focuses on the possibilities offered by the classical reports on Zoroastrianism to reconstruct the history of that faith. The book is divided into three sections. The first section deals with introductory problems concerning ancient religious ethnography and current views of the history of Zoroastrianism. The second section consists of commentaries on five selected passages. The third section offers a thematical overview of the materials and their relevance for the history of Iranian religions. Apart from offering introductions to a wide range of debates and topics in Classics and Iranian studies, the book aims to illustrate the diversity of beliefs and practices in ancient Zoroastrianism.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Views of Zoroastrian history
39
A commentary on five selected longer passages
76
Thematic inventory of the Greek and Latin texts
251
The Pandemonium
312
Temple and cult
343
Ritual
353
Priests
387
Social and ethical codes
414
Final observations
452
Select bibliography
461
Index of words
469
Index of sources
475
Index of modern authors
491
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Albert de Jong, Ph.D. (1996), University of Utrecht, is Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Leiden. His main research interests are the history of Iranian religions, Mithraism, and Middle Persian literature.

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