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.......THIS BOOK, ++ ; the EARLY PERIOD ++ is Volume 1 of a 3 volume set. ----The long history of Zoroastrianism from about 1000 BCE to the present does not flow either quickly or smoothly, but Boyce, in these 3 volumes, masterfully puts order into that imperfectly documented flow. ---- The fresh reader into Zoroastrianism will be helped greatly by the Forward section of this volume ......In the Forward, she quickly reviews the great quantity of information which has been collected about that time before the Zoroastrian texts were written down........In the body of the book that collected information - on the earliest times of Zoroastrianism - is assembled from many sources into an orderly pattern. ---- In the SECOND VOLUME, from 550BCE ( UNDER the ACHAEMENIANS ), ISBN:.. 9789004065062 , Judaism and Zoroastrianism first come closely together when - for approximately 50 years - the leaders of Judah live in exile mingling with Zoroastrian Magi in Babylon. Cyrus the Great, and the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem are prominent in the second volume. ---- The THIRD volume, from 330BCE to The Council of Nicea 325CE. is found at ISBN: 9004092714. ---- The masterful book ++ DAWN and TWILIGHT of ZOROASTRIANISM ++ places the the religion itself as paramount, and history as less dominant. ---- Also interesting is ++ STRANGE BIRDS from ZOROASTERs NEST ++ search using ISBN:1586840312. A very interesting read, described using a travel adventure shell, is ++IN SEARCH OF ZARATHUSTRA++ by P. Kriwaczek.