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Subject: Re: (urth) latro and ares
From: Josh Geller 
Date: 08 May 2003 15:22:14 -0700

On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 13:50, James Jordan wrote:

> "Zarathustra began his prophetic mission about the middle of the sixth 
> century...." Olmstead, HIstory of Persian Empire, p. 94. I.e., ca. 550BC. I 
> think this is pretty much the consensus these days.

It's not, though. It used to be.

People still argue about it fiercely, and an absolute date is hard to
come by, but linguistically the Gathas are from about the same era as
the Rg-Veda, if not slightly earlier. A date sometime in the 16th or
17th century BC seems a lot more reasonable than 6th century.



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