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Hystaspes
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The book of Hystaspes. Early Christian literature (Just. 1 Apol. 20.44; Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, 4.5, 43; esp. Lact. Inst. 7.15–21, 24) cites an apocalyptic work under this name of an old Persian ruler (Avestic Vištāspa), in the theosophy of Aristokritos (5th cent.) with the title Sayings (chrḗseis) of Hystaspes, King of the Persians. In the context of a dream interpretation, it describes the fall of a western power (Rome) with eschatological images (fire, chaos, judgment), from which the “Great King” sent by Jupiter delivers the righteous and leads the…

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Rudolph, Kurt, “Hystaspes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10228>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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