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By Mary Boyce

This quantity is a part of a three-volume paintings tracing the background of Zoroastrianism. within the set, literary, archaeological and numismatic facts is drawn on and native advancements are explored. research is made from the Zoroastrian contributions to Hellenistic proposal and to Judaism, Christianity and Mithraism. An excursus offers a reassessment of the Zoroastrian pseudepigrapha.

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58 See Yt. 29. , vv. , 45· 97 ff. 57 Yt. 6g. g. Yt. 4 with 8-II. 59 Yt. 68, 102, 125, 136. a, leaving Mitra (in so far as he is separately celebrated) more purely benevolent. a and Vayu, not (under that) of Mitra, who is most dear to men". a] have many slings, they are fetterers of untruth (anrta-J, difficult for the deceitful mortal to circumvent". 65 These and other similar passages clearly indicate that the Vedic priests too ascribed a stern and wrathful character to Mitra on occasion, even if they no longer gave prominence to this aspect ofthe god.

This explanation would have to embrace also Persian mihf' "friendliness" and other cognate words, and does not seem to have won acceptance. ). If this interpretation is valid, it attests the meaning ofmithf'a "friend" already in ancient Iran. In this connection Dr. ammad Qazvini and 'Abbas Iqbal, Skaddu'l-Aziif', 371. 58 See Yt. 29. , vv. , 45· 97 ff. 57 Yt. 6g. g. Yt. 4 with 8-II. 59 Yt. 68, 102, 125, 136. a, leaving Mitra (in so far as he is separately celebrated) more purely benevolent. a and Vayu, not (under that) of Mitra, who is most dear to men".

If this interpretation is valid, it attests the meaning ofmithf'a "friend" already in ancient Iran. In this connection Dr. ammad Qazvini and 'Abbas Iqbal, Skaddu'l-Aziif', 371. 58 See Yt. 29. , vv. , 45· 97 ff. 57 Yt. 6g. g. Yt. 4 with 8-II. 59 Yt. 68, 102, 125, 136. a, leaving Mitra (in so far as he is separately celebrated) more purely benevolent. a and Vayu, not (under that) of Mitra, who is most dear to men". a] have many slings, they are fetterers of untruth (anrta-J, difficult for the deceitful mortal to circumvent".

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