Is the king who, by the instigation of the magians, put to a cruel death the prophet Mani, the founder of Manichaeism.
But the dominant priestly caste of the Magians, on whose support the king was dependent, were naturally hostile to him, and after some successes Mani was made a prisoner, and had then to flee.
Abandoned him to the fanaticism of the Magians, and caused him to be crucified in the capital in the year 276/7.
The guard of Magians mentioned by Aristobulus, which had to protect the tomb - eastwards of Persepolis, and by a curious confusion joins it to Ecbatana.
Outside the town are two tombs in the form of towers and the tomb of Cyrus himself, a stone house on a high substruction which rises in seven great steps, surrounded by a court with columns; at its side the remains of a guardhouse, in which the officiating Magians lived, are discernible.
The language, even, is markedly different from the Persian; and the fire-priests are not styled Magians as in Persiathe word indeed never occurs in the Avesta, except in a single late passagebut athravan, identical with the at/tarvan of India (~riJpafoL, fire-kindlers, in Strabo xv.
101) includes the Magians in his list of Median tribes; and it is probable that they and their teaching reached the Persians from Media.
Consequently, beside the council of the nobility, there is a second council of Magians and wise men (Strabo xi.
Here the poems of the prophet and fragments of ancient religious literature survived, understood by the Magians and rendered accessible to the faithful laity by versions in the modern dialect (Pahlavi).
In the story of the men transformed into fish - white, blue, yellow or red according as they were Moslems, Christians, Jews or Magians (Lane i.
The king even inclined to him, till in a great disputation the Magians gained the predominance.