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

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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.
Keywords Plato  Aristotle  Persia  Heraclitus  Ancient Metaphysics  Early Academy  Hermodorus of Syracuse  Philip of Opus
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