The poetry of Zoroaster, among the oldest and the most elaborate of Indo-European literature, was orally composed and for centuries orally transmitted until it was committed to writing. It contains fascinating parallels with visual phenomena (including mandala-like structures), some of which are of interest for the study of cognition and also encodes intricate representations of Zoroaster’s unique theology.
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November 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Oral Poetry and Aural Patterns: On Zoroaster's Poetry and Religion
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Martin Schwartz Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Admission: AAC members: Free / General: Suggested donation $5