The Epic of the Kings (RLE Iran B): Shah-Nama the national epic of Persia, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Epic of the Kings (RLE Iran B)

Shah-Nama the national epic of Persia, 1st Edition

By Ferdowsi


450 pages

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‘Among the many national poets of historical Persia, Ferdowsi is perhaps the greatest…In this superb translation of the epic, the Western reader would not fail to discern clear equivalents of chapters in Genesis, The Odyssey, Paradise Lost or the Canterbury Tales.’ Islamic Review

The Shah-nama is the national epic poem of Persia. Written in the tenth century it contains the country’s myths, legends and historic reminiscences. This edition makes available a valuable prose translation selecting the most representative parts of the original including the stories of Rustum, the giant hero and his son Sohrab.

Table of Contents

Prologue. Translator’s Note. The Poet’s Introduction. 1. The Reign of Keyumars 2. The Reign of Hūshang 3. The Reign of Jamshīd 4. Farīdūn 5. Zāl 6. Rostam 7. Siyāvosh 8. Key Khosrow 9. Rostam and Akvān the Div 10. The Adventure of Bizhan and Manizha 11. The Latter Days of Key Khosrow 12. Lohrāsp and Goshtāsp 13. Goshtāsp and Zardosht 14. Esfandiyār and Rostam 15. Goshtāsp Surrenders The Kingship to Bahman 16. The Story of Bahman Son of Esfandiyār 17. The Story of Dārāb 18. The Reign of Dārā son of Dārāb 19. The History of Sekandar 20. The Adventures of Sakandar 21. Rule of the Ashkāni (Ascacid or Parthian Kings) 22. The Dynasty of Sāsān 23. The Story of Haftvād and the Worm 24. The Reign of Ardashir 25. The Reign of Shāpur, son of Ardashir. 26. His War with the Romans 27. The Reign of Shāpur Zu’l Aktāf 28. Yazdegerd The Sinner 29. The Famine in the Reign of Piruz 30. The Reign of Kasrā Nushirvān 31. Bozorgmehr the Wise Vazir 32. The Reign of Hormazd 33. Khosrow Parvis Comes to the Throne 34. The Reign of Bahrām Chubina 35. Ferdowsi’s Lament for the Death of his Son 36. Bahrām Chubina in China 37. The Story of Gordiya, Sister of Bahrām 38. The Romance of Khosrow Parviz and Shirin 39. Shiruy and Shirin, Wife of Khosrow Parviz 40. The Reign of Ardashir Son of Shiruy 41. The Reign of Gorāz Known as Farāyin 42. The Reign of Purān Dokht 43. The Reign of Farrokh-Zād 44. The Reign of Yazdegerd 45. Māhuy Ascends the Throne 46. The Conclusion of the Shāh-Namā

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Routledge Library Editions: Iran

Routledge Library Editions: Iran re-issues 37 volumes originally published between 1902 and 1991. Together they provide a comprehensive view of the culture, history, politics and sociology of this strategically important nation.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies