The Avestan Hymn to Mithra With an introduction, translation and commentary

By: Gershevitch, Ilya

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xv, 357 pp. Critcal apparatus, addenda, indexes. Text in Avestan, with translation and all else in English. Dark green hard cover with gilt is bright and clean. The interior appears to be a high quality reprint/copy made from a library copy in the Middle East. Print is clear and easy to read. Library mark on title page, occasional light marginalia throughout. The Avestan Hymn to Mithra, written in the fifth century BC, is the one extensive, ancient literary record of the attributes, companions and cult of the Iranian god whose worship spread, five or six centuries later, as far as Britain. Dr Gershevitch here reproduces Geldner's text and critical apparatus of the Hymn, adding his own introduction, translation and commentary. The introduction offers an orientation on the main problems concerning Mithra: how the god came to be included in the Zoroastrian religious system, his relation to Zarathustra's god Ahura Mazdah, his functions, his development from the stage at which the Indian Mitra is found in the Rig Veda, and the extent to which the Western Mithras has preserved the characteristics of the Avestan Mithra. The text is faced by the English translation, and is followed by Dr Gershevitch's exhaustive commentary.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 357 pages

Title: The Avestan Hymn to Mithra With an introduction, translation and commentary

Author Name: Gershevitch, Ilya

Categories: History: Ancient, Religion - Ancient, Language - Iranian/Persian/OldIranaian,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: Cambridge, University Press: 1959

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 9829

Keywords: Mithra Zoroastrianism Ancient Iran Avestan,