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PERSIAN MYTHS Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis 1993


PERSIAN MYTHS Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis 1993

Persian Myths

The traditional tales and stories of ancient Iran describe confrontations between good and evil, the victories of the gods, and the exploits of heroes and fabulous supernatural creatures such as the magical bird Simurgh and the div or demons. Much of our information about Iran’s pre-Islamic past comes from the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, the Avesta. Although not written down in its present form until the thirteenth or fourteenth century, parts of the Avesta date back originally to between 1400 and 1200 BC. As well as the words of the prophet Zoroaster and stories about Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, it also incorporates earlier pagan myths which reappear in the Shalmameh (Book of Kings), …

THE LEGENDARY PAST. Soft back book – Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS. ISBN 0-7141-2082-0. Pages 80.

Dimensions: 24 x 17 cm

SKU AN834 129


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