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Hermes in Sasanian Iran

Kevin van Bladel

in The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195376135
eISBN:
9780199871636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376135.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The first references to Hermes and his works in Arabic appear among the Iranian astrologers at the court of the ʿAbbāsid caliphs during the second half of the 8th century. These astrologers knew ... More


The Church of the East and the Hagiography of the Persian Martyrs

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter offers a general introduction to the Church of the East in the era of Khusro II. Taking as its foundation the synod of 605, it surveys the institutional structure and geographic range of ... More


Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Jason Sion Mokhtarian

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286207
eISBN:
9780520961548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286207.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book is a synthetic study of the impact of the Persian Sasanian context on the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. What impact did the Persian ... More


Christianity in Late Antique Iraq and the Legend of Mar Qardagh

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

Syriac manuscripts testify to the remarkable success of Christianity in the late antique Near East. Bishoprics loyal to the “Church of the East” once existed throughout the Sasanian Empire, from ... More


Identifications: Mihr in Sasanian Iran

Philippa Adrych, Robert Bracey, Dominic Dalglish, Stefanie Lenk, and Rachel Wood

in Images of Mithra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198792536
eISBN:
9780191834530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792536.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The starting point for chapter 4 is a Sasanian rock relief carved into the mountain-side at Tāq-e Bostān in western Iran. This relief appears to show Mithra blessing the transition of power from the ... More


Constantine’s Crusade: The Emperor’s Last Days and the Persian Campaign

Kyle Smith

in Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia: Martyrdom and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520289604
eISBN:
9780520964204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520289604.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Constantine's planned religious campaign against Persia on behalf of the Christians and its possible motivations. Constantine's march toward the Mesopotamian battlefields where ... More


Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia: Martyrdom and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity

Kyle Smith

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520289604
eISBN:
9780520964204
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520289604.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

It is widely believed that the Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity politicized religious allegiances, dividing the Christian Roman Empire from the Zoroastrian Sasanian Empire and leading ... More


Arabia: Buddhism Encounters Islam

Donald S. Lopez Jr.

in Hyecho's Journey: The World of Buddhism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226517902
eISBN:
9780226518060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226518060.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter describes Hyecho’s visit to what he calls Arabia. It tells the story of the Buddha as it was best known in the Muslim work, in the story that would evolve into the medieval Christian ... More


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