Shahnameh: The Epic of Kings

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As such, Ferdowsi is seen as a national Iranian hero who re-ignited pride in Iranian culture and literature, and who established the Persian language as a language of beauty and sophistication. According to Nezami-ye Aruzi, Ferdowsi Tusi was born into a family of landowners near the village of Tus in the Khorasan province of north-eastern Iran. However, Dehgan is also a name for the Parsiban, a group of Khorasani with Tajik roots.

Shahnameh : The Epic of Kings

Ferdowsi married at the age of 28 and eight years after his marriage — in order to provide a dowry for his daughter — Ferdowsi started writing the Shahnameh, a project on which he spent some thirty-three years of his life. It begins with the reign of Kayumars at the dawn of time and concludes with the last Sasanian king, Yazdigird reigned — , who was defeated by the Arabs.

The poem draws on a wealth of sources, including local and dynastic histories, the Avesta the sacred text of the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Iran , and myths and legends preserved in oral tradition. The Judas blossom fades, the lovely face Of light is dimmed, and darkness takes its place.

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Known as Khavarnah in the Avesta and as farr in modern Persian, divine glory was considered the most important attribute of kingship, for it enabled rulers to govern and command obedience. Not surprisingly, commissioning lavishly illustrated copies of the Shahnama became almost a royal duty.

'Shahnameh' and Iran: Epic Tales for Epic Times

Ferdowsi sought the patronage of the sultan and wrote verses in his praise. The sultan, on the advice from his ministers, gave Ferdowsi an amount far smaller than Ferdowsi had requested and one that Ferdowsi considered insulting. He had a falling out with the sultan and fled to Mazandaran seeking the protection and patronage of the court of the Sepahbad Shahreyar, who, it is said, had lineage from rulers during the Zoroastrian-Sassanian era.

Nevertheless, the verses survived.

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Ferdowsi returned to Tus to spend the closing years of his life forlorn. Notwithstanding the lack of royal patronage, he died proud and confident his work would make him immortal.

Shahnameh for a New Generation: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Ferdowsi wrote the Shahnameh in Persian at a time when modern Persian was emerging from middle Persian Pahlavi admixed with a number of Arabic words. In his writing, Ferdowsi used authentic Persian while minimizing the use of Arabic words. In doing so, he established classical Persian as the language of great beauty and sophistication, a language that would supplant Arabic as the language of court literature in all Islamic regimes in the Indo-Iranian region.

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Written between and AD, the "Shahnameh" is a captivating story of the ancient world and details much of Persia's history, culture, and ancient religions. The Helen Zimmern prose translation of the "Shahnameh" is presented here. Specifications Publisher Neeland Media.

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