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- In Zoroastrian tradition, the Iranian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism. The Avesta describes his reception of a revelation from Ahura Mazda and other events in his life, traditionally dated to the 6th century BC.
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- noun In zoology, a genus of starfishes, giving name to the Zoroasteridæ, and containing such species as Z. fulgens, of the North Atlantic.
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- proper noun The prophet of the ancient Iranian religion
- proper noun Pseudepigraphic name used by various Greek and Latin authors of late antiquity to lend their opinions weight
- proper noun Ostensible source/founder of
Mithraism, the "mysteries" of the Roman Mysteriae Mithrae ("Mysteries of Mithras", "Mithraic Mysteries"), an astrology-centric, middle-platonic mystery cult of the 1st-4th century Roman Empire whose adherents worshiped in "caves" (i.e. Mithraea) in imitation of "Zoroaster". (Porphyry, De Antro Nympharum 6)
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- noun Persian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism (circa 628-551 BC)
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The purport of the term Zoroaster is said, by  the author of the
The coincidences of the conquest the date, the foreign sovereignty and the name Zoroaster, tend to identify the Median dynasty of Berosus with a period of Susianian supremacy, which the monuments show to have been established it Chaldaea at a date not long subsequent to the reigns of
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"Art not thou he who is called Zoroaster?" he asked.
The author of this remarkable revolution in Aryan thought is generally known as Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, as the name is more correctly written.
In the larger forms he has done a concert overture, "Zoroaster"
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The Zend-Avesta represents in its language, as well as in its thoughts, a branching off from that more primitive stem; a more or less conscious opposition to the worship of the gods of nature, as adored in the Veda, and a striving after a more spiritual, supreme, moral deity, such as Zoroaster proclaimed under the name of Ahura mazda, or Ormuzd.
"Zoroaster," said the patrico to the upright man, "do thy part of this ceremonial."
Zarathustra (or "Zoroaster" in Greek) is not exactly a household name these days.
Besides those mentioned his principal works of fiction are the following: "Zoroaster" (1885); "A Tale of a Lonely