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The Achaemenid Dynasty, Zoroastrianism and the Origin of the Fire-Temples

Prof. Michael Shenkar (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)


The paper will discuss the origin of the fire-temples in light of the recent excavations in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. It will address the place of the fire-worship in the Achaemenid dynastic cult and its complex relations with cultic practices attested in the later Zoroastrian tradition.

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