In the latter undertaking, the Greeks permitted themselves far greater license than do we today.
Before we examine these two types, we should look first at the difficulties faced by the Greeks in reconstructing an historical Zoroaster in any form, and also at the Greek conventions for reconstructing remote persons as founts of religious or philosophical wisdom.
That dubious honor went to another fabulous magus, Ostanes, to whom most of the pseudepigraphic magical literature was attributed.
For Zoroaster, as we shall see, was reserved the astrological literature.
Since the Greeks were a curious and inventive people, these multiple Zoroasters are interesting creations in their own right.
Of more importance, they are elements in the “West’s” construction — or misconstruction — of a major “oriental” religion.