Persian Cosmos and Greek Philosophy: Plato's Associates and the Zoroastrian Magoi

Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 37:47-103 (2009)
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Abstract

Immediately upon the death of Plato in 347 BCE, philosophers in the Academy began to circulate stories involving his encounters with wisdom practitioners from Persia. This article examines the history of Greek perceptions of Persian wisdom and argues that the presence of foreign wisdom practitioners in the history of Greek philosophy has been undervalued since Diogenes Laertius.

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Phillip Sidney Horky
Durham University

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