RAFFAELLI, ENRICO Contact Areas of Interest

Department of Historical Studies
North Building, 3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga, ON  L5L 1C6
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e: enrico.raffaelli@utoronto.ca
  • History of Zoroastrianism
  • Iranian literature
  • History of sciences


Enrico G. Raffaelli teaches on the topic of the history of Zoroastrianism at the Departments of Historical Studies (Mississauga campus) and of Near and Middle Eastern civilizations (St. George campus), and is cross-appointed at the Department of Religion. His areas of interest include the history of pre-Islamic Iranian literature, with a particular focus on the Avestan literature and its exegeses in Middle Persian, and the Apocalyptic genre in the Zoroastrian literature.He is the author of the book L’oroscopo del mondo (“The Horoscope of the World”) and of numerous publications on the history of astronomy and astrology in pre-Islamic Iran.

Primary Teaching

  • Introduction to Zoroastrianism
  • Zoroastrian Religious Literature
  • Zoroastrian Customs and Ceremonies

Selected Publications

The Sih-rozag and its Middle Persian Translation, forthcoming.

“L’astrologie dans le zoroastrisme d’époque sassanide: L’exemple de la 5ème section

du Bundahišn.” Special issue, Studia Asiatica 11, nos. 1–2 (2010): 63–87.

Bundahišn 26 and the Pahlavi Sīh-rōzag: Comparative Notes.” In Ancient and Middle Iranian Studies: Proceedings of the 6th European Conference of Iranian Studies, Held in Vienna, 18–22 September 2007, edited by Maria Macuch, Dieter Weber and Desmond Durkheim-Meisterernst, 161–177. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010.

“The Astrological Chapter of the Škand Gumanīg Wizār.” In Kayd: Studies in History of Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrology in Memory of David Pingree, edited by Gherardo Gnoli and Antonio Panaino, 105–27. Serie Orientale Roma 102. Rome: Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, 2009.

 L’oroscopo del mondo: Il tema di nascita del mondo e del primo uomo secondo l’astrologia zoroastriana (The horoscope of the world: The birth chart of the world and of the first man according to Zoroastrian astrology). Simorgh. Milan:Mimesis, 2001.