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Title:
In search of Zarathustra : the first prophet and the ideas that changed the world
Author:
Kriwaczek, Paul.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, 2003.
Physical Description:
xv, 248 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Summary:
A journey through time and across Europe and Central Asia, in search of the prophet Zarathustra (a.k.a. Zoroaster)--perhaps the greatest religious lawgiver of the ancient world--and his vast influence. In Persia more than three thousand years ago, Zarathustra spoke of a single universal god, the battle between good and evil, the devil, heaven and hell, and an eventual end to the world--foreshadowing the core beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Moving from present to past, journalist Kriwaczek examines the effects of the prophet's teachings on the spiritual and daily lives of diverse peoples. He walks us back through Nietzsche's nineteenth-century interpretation of Zarathustra, to the Cathars of thirteenth-century France and the ninth-century Bulgars; from ancient Rome to the time of Alexander the Great's destruction of the Persian Empire; and, finally, to the time of Zarathustra himself.
General Note:
Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002.
Language:
English
Contents:
An idea for now -- The true philosopher -- The Great Heresy -- The Religion of Light -- The Mystery of Mithras -- The end of time -- By the grace of Ahura Mazda -- The first prophet.
ISBN:
9780375415289
Format :
Book