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Facts in the fiction:
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that books on magic were invented by the Persians.
The 1st century CE writer Pliny The Elder stated that magic had been first discovered by the ancient philosopher Zoroaster around the year 6347 BC, but that it was only written down in the 5th century BC by the magician Osthanes.
The Persian Glossary:
Allah karam: By God's grace
Balleh: Yes (when said with respect)
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The Thursday Tale # 35