(Firdawso's Epic of the Kings).
The exhibition wall panel recounts for the viewer the relevant passage from Firdawsi
's poem: "There is nothing in the world so terrible and fearful as the fact that one comes like the wind and departs as a breath."
started composing the Shahnameh sometime around 975, a time of an emerging Persian renaissance.
The names of such Eastern giants as Firdawsi
, Jami, Rumi, Nesimi, Nizami, and Omar Khayyam speak for themselves.
Ferdowsialso spelled Firdawsi
, Firdusi or Firdousi, pseudonym of Abu ol-Qasem Mansur(b.
In the book under review, Nasrin Askari explores readings of Firdawsi
's Shahnama that highlight "its characteristics as a book of ethico-political wisdom and advice for kings and courtly elites" (p.
A Literary History of Persia, volume 2: From Firdawsi
to Sa'di, by Edward G.
In the Shahname as well, written by Firdawsi
in Persian one thousand years ago, Alp Er Tonga is called "Afrasiyab"; Alp Er Tonga says, "Two-thirds of the world is in my hands, both Iran and Turan are my palaces." In other words, the ancient Turks, the forefathers of today's Uzbeks, ruled over two-thirds of the known world seven centuries before Christ, and such a historical and literary relic was left behind as proof.
Stoneman's own contribution, "Persian Aspects of the Romance Tradition," shows that motifs known from Alexander stories circulated in Persian literature not only after, but also independently of Firdawsi
and Nizami-- he mentions Hamza (pp.
1010 by the poet Firdawsi
, the Shah-nameh begins with the legendary history of Iran, continues through the historical period of the Sassanian kings, and ends with the Islamic period.
Commissioned in 1652 and named after Shamshir Khan Tarin, the governor of Ghazni province in Afghanistan, the text is a verse and prose abridgement of the Shahnama, the great Persian epic written by the poet Firdawsi
and offered to his Ghaznavid governor Mahmud in 1010.