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When Zarathustra spoke : the reformation of Neolithic culture and religion

Author: Mary Settegast
Publisher: Costa Mesa, Calif. : Mazda Publishers, ©2005.
Series: Bibliotheca Iranica., Zoroastrian studies series ;, no. 2.
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"Ancient Greek and Roman historians ventured very few absolute dates in recounting events of great age, and yet several of them - Pliny, Eudoxus, Xanthus, Plutarch - specifically gave dates ranging from 6500 to 6200 B.C. for the time of Zarathustra (Greek Zoroaster), the legendary Iranian prophet whose missionary-borne message was said to have reached far beyond his native land. Until recently these ancient, almost  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Settegast, Mary.
When Zarathustra spoke.
Costa Mesa, Calif. : Mazda Publishers, ©2005
(OCoLC)604784506
Named Person: Zoroaster.; Zoroaster.; Zarathustra.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Settegast
ISBN: 1568591845 9781568591841
OCLC Number: 57493657
Description: xii, 161 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Neolithic images --
The Near East before 6500 BC --
Early Neolithic Greece, 6400-6000 BC --
Painted pottery cultures of the Middle East --
Zarathustra's life and teachings --
Convergences I : late neolithic archaeology and Zoroastrian traditions --
Convergences II : pre-pottery Neolithic B and Vedic traditions --
The Indo-European framework : a brief excursion --
Zarathustra's homeland and his place of refuge --
Entering history : the median Magi, the Persian empire, and the Muslim invasion --
Epilogue : the legacy of Zarathustra.
Series Title: Bibliotheca Iranica., Zoroastrian studies series ;, no. 2.
Responsibility: Mary Settegast.

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"Ancient Greek and Roman historians ventured very few absolute dates in recounting events of great age, and yet several of them - Pliny, Eudoxus, Xanthus, Plutarch - specifically gave dates ranging from 6500 to 6200 B.C. for the time of Zarathustra (Greek Zoroaster), the legendary Iranian prophet whose missionary-borne message was said to have reached far beyond his native land. Until recently these ancient, almost mythic claims could neither be proved nor disproved, but advances in archaeological techniques now clearly reveal the presence of a transformative cultural impulse sweeping across Iran, Iraq, and even into southeast Europe in the last half of the seventh millennium B.C." "The evidence presented here challenges the conventional datings of Zarathustra (c. 630 B.C., c. 1500-1200 B.C.). It also counters the widely held view that the change from hunting and gathering to farming must be tied to the economics of survival. But if there is any truth in the ancient claims, two of the great puzzles of prehistory - the massive late-seventh-millennium spread of agriculture and the placement in time of one of the world's most influential religious leaders - could be resolved as one."--Jacket.

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