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Speaking Volumes

Managing to compress a saga spanning 3,500 years, offers a panoramic overview of the Zoroastrian people.

Speaking Volumes
Speaking Volumes
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How do you compress the retelling of a saga spanning 3500 years into a mere 762 pages? How, indeed, do you concise the epic, turbulent, enchanting history of a community: its art, religion, culture into a single volume? Godrej and Mistree achieve the impossible in this handsomely produced, lavishly illustrated, meticulously researched, incisively written book that 
gives the reader a panoramic overview of the Zoroastrian people. 

It recounts the story of their triumphant supremacy during the reign of the Achaemenian, Parthian and Sasanian dynasties, who, between 550 BCE and 632 CE established Zoroastrianism as the faith of their empires, evidence of which can still be seen in the magnificent relics of the palaces and bas reliefs, the coinage and imperial seals of that era. 

It also chronicles the terrible tale of  their subsequent persecution by the seventh century Arab conquerors who demolished their temples, defiled their sacred fires, burnt their holy books, banished them to ghettos in the city outskirts, compelled them to wear clay...

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