In Search Of Zarathustra: The First Prophet and the Ideas that Changed the World

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Orion, Aug 25, 2011 - History - 256 pages
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A quest to find the most influential religious teacher in the ancient world: Zarathustra.

IN SEARCH OF ZARATHUSTRA is a quest to trace the influence of the prophet the Greeks called Zoroaster and considered the greatest religious legislator of the ancient world. Long before the first Hebrew temple, the birth of Christ or the mission of Muhammad, Zarathustra had taught of a single universal god, of the battle between Good and Evil, of the Devil, Heaven and Hell, and of an eventual end to the world.

Over several decades, Paul Kriwaczek, an award-winning television producer, has cast his eye across Europe and Central Asia, from Hadrian's Wall to the Oxus river, from the Pyrenees to the Hindu Kush.

Passing via Nietzsche's interpretation of Zarathustra for a post-religious age, the Cathars of 13th-century France, the Bulgars of 9th-century Balkans, and the prophet Mani's revision of Zarathustra's message in the later Persian empire, Paul Kriwaczek then explores the religion of Mithras - before going back past Alexander the Great's destruction of the Persian Empire, and the era of the great Persian kings Cyrus and Darius in the 6th century BC, to the beginning of the first pre-Christian millennium.

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This is a landmark book not only because of its immense readability but because Kriwaczek argues convincingly that Zoroastrianism, through its prophet Zarathustra, greatly affected the three great ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Paul Kriwaczek was born in Vienna in 1937. He grew up in north-west London, where the Yiddish language and culture were still strong among his friends' parents. In London he trained as a dentist, and spent a decade working in Iran and Afghanistan. From there he travelled extensively in Asia and Africa before developing a career in broadcasting and journalism. In 1970, he joined the BBC full-time and wrote, produced and directed for 25 years; he retired in the mid 1990s and lives in north London. Paul is fluent in six languages, including Farsi and Yiddish.

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