ZOROASTER, the name generally known in the West for the prophet of ancient Iran, whose transformation of his inherited religion inaugurated a movement that eventually became the dominant religion in Iran up until the triumph of Islam. The subject is covered in the following entries:

i. The Name.

ii. General Survey.

iii. Zoroaster the Avesta.

iv. In the Pahlavi Books.

v. As Perceived by the Greeks.

vi. As Perceived in Western Europe.

vii. As Perceived by Later Zoroastrians.

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Originally Published: January 1, 2000

Last Updated: July 26, 2013