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λελόγχασι. The idea that the gods of a country or city were its owners (γαιήοχοι, πολιοῦχοι) as well as its protectors is common in Greek literature (cf. viii. 55); Plato, Crit. 109, Tim. 23 D Ἀθηνᾶ τὴν ὑμετέραν πόλιν ἔλαχεν, Thuc. ii. 74θεοὶ ὅσοι γῆν τὴν Πλαταιίδα ἔχετε”. But though Ormuzd, &c., are ‘gods of the Persians’ (cf. an inscription of Darius at Persepolis), Zoroastrianism is essentially not a national, but a personal and therefore a universal religion (Meyer, iii, § 79; cf. i1, § 449).

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