The Magus in Hell

Published: February 19, 2020

The Magus in Hell This paper looks at Lucian’s satirical dialogue, Menippus, which prominently features a man called Mithrobarzanes, ‘one of the Magi, Zoroaster’s disciples and successors.’ With the help of this man, the protagonist of the dialogue descends to the underworld and there learns what truly matters in human life. Scholars have long compared…

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The Making of the Chaldeans

Published: May 29, 2019

The Making of the Chaldeans This paper investigates the emergence of the Chaldeans in the Achaemenid Empire. I start from the Persian conquest of Babylon under Cyrus, the uprisings under Darius and Xerxes, and the reprisals that ended attempts to restore indigenous rule in Babylon. I then consider the beginnings of horoscopy and mathematical astronomy…

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