After all the hype I was a bit dissapointed by what the book actually contains. I WAS intrigued by the illustrations of early images of the Magi wearing trousers and phrygian caps. But wether we are any closer to knowing who they really were I doubt that this book helps. It is good to have a decent translation of this work but to say that it sheds much light on the Magi is overdoing it. Wikipedia is more helpful I found!