Traditions of the Magi

Traditions of the Magi : Zoroastrianism in Greek and Latin Literature

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 35.31mm | 904g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004108440
  • 9789004108448

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'...this book deserves the full attention of all scholars in ancient religion.'
Edgar C. Polome, The Journal of Indo-European Studies, 1999.
'Arbeit hat ihre Bedeutung nicht nur als Materialsammlung des Erreichten, sondern auch und sogar vor allem als Kontaktnahme zu neuen Fragestellungen und Forschungsperspektiven...ein bedeutender interdisziplinarer Beitrag...'
Marco Frenschkowski, Jahrbuch fur Antike und Christentum, 2000.
'...this scholarly and responsible collection and analysis of a mass of data will be appreciated by all...'
H.G.M. Williamson, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2000.
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About Albert F.De Jong

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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