A History of Zoroastrianism: Volume II: Under the Achaemenians

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BRILL, 1975 - 306 pages
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The time of this volume includes, among others in Persia, the reigns of Cyrus the Great -550BCE-, Darius the Great - with his massive rock-carving/writing at Behistun, placed too high to read.___ The period ends at Alexander the Great -330BCE-.___ Cyrus is treated in considerable detail: His tomb is examined at pg 54 as having a strongly Zoroastrian architectural finish; Then, special fire-holders at Pasargadae -pg 51 are described. ____ Also this Vol. 2 is a marvel, as it relates to defining moments in the history of Judah. For example, Cyrus, in ISAIAH -chapter44- is called 'Special to the LORD'. Boyce provides a Zoroastrian background to that strong biblical association at pg 44 et seq--. She places the mature Zoroastrainism as background for the crystallizing religion of the royal followers of YHWH in their some 50 years of bondage in Babylon. In another example of interaction, Boyce points the reader to Second ISAIAH and his belief that Babylon would destructively and painfully fall. --ISAIAH 40-48 --. Yet Cyrus actually entered the city of Babylon with the gates wide open. ---- In a further instance on interaction, EZRA describes how a records search was required for building the new Temple. Boyce at pg 127,describes that same search from a Persian perspective.---- The reader will find religion focused material in -- DAWN and TWILIGHT of ZOROASTRIANISM by R.C. Zaehner ---- Also there is -- IN SEARCH OF ZARATHUSTRA-- by P. Kriwaczek and in addition --STRANGE BIRDS FROM ZOROASTERs NEST-- by Laina Farhat-Holzman .___ A Judaic archeological perspective is given in --THE BIBLE UNEARTHED-- by Finkelstein and Silberman. 


The Background i
The preZoroastrian Religion of the Medes and Persians
The Spread of Zoroastrianism in Western Iran
Cyrus the Great 550530 B C
Cambyses 530522 B C
Bardiya and Gaumata the Magus 522 B C
Darius the Great 522486 B C
Finds of religious interest at Persepolis
Xerxes 486465 B C
Artaxerxes I 465424 B C
Darius II 423404 B C
Artaxerxes II 404358 B C
Artaxerxes III 358338 B C
Darius III 336331 B C
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About the author (1975)

Mary Boyce was a British scholar of Iranian languages, and an authority on Zoroastrianism. The Royal Asiatic Society's annual Boyce Prize for outstanding contributions to the study of religion is named after her.

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