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Headword: Ζωροάστρης
Adler number: zeta,160
Translated headword: Zoroaster, Zarathustra
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Astronomer, in the time of Ninus, king of Assyria;[1] [the man] who prayed to be killed by a celestial fire, instructing the Assyrians to preserve his ashes -- for in this way [he said] their kingdom would continue for all time; and to this day his command has been observed by them.
Greek Original:
Ζωροάστρης, ἀστρονόμος, ἐπὶ Νίνου βασιλέως Ἀσσυρίων, ὅστις ηὔξατο ὑπὸ πυρὸς οὐρανίου τελευτῆσαι παρεγγυήσας τοῖς Ἀσσυρίοις τὴν τέφραν αὐτοῦ φυλάττειν: οὕτω γὰρ αὐτοῖς ἡ βασιλεία οὐκ ἐκλείψει διαπαντός: ὅπερ μέχρι νῦν πεφύλακται παρ' αὐτοῖς.
Notes:
From late historiography; cf. John of Antioch fr.3 FHG (4.541), now 5 Roberto; Gelzer, Julius Africanus 1.79.
For Z. see also alpha 2723 and alpha 4257; zeta 159 and zeta 161; and mu 28.
[1] See under nu 417.
Reference:
J. Bidez and F. Cumont, Les mages hellénisés. Zoroastre, Ostanès et Hystaspe d’après la tradition grecque, 2 vols. (Paris, 1938), vol. 2, p. 61
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; religion
Translated by: Phiroze Vasunia on 16 October 2002@18:44:29.
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