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Sep 29, 2009
| ISBN 9780143105893
Sep 29, 2009
| ISBN 9781101145036
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Sep 29, 2009 | ISBN 9780143105893
Sep 29, 2009 | ISBN 9781101145036
The selected adventures of Persia’s Hercules, from Iran’s great national epic No understanding of world mythology is complete without acquaintance with Rostam, Iran’s most celebrated mythological hero. According to the Shahnameh (the tenth-century Book of Kings), this titan, magnificent in strength and courage, bestrode Persia for 500 years. While he often served fickle kings – undergoing many trials of combat, cunning, and endurance – he was never their servant and owed allegiance only to his nation’s greater good. Anyone interested in folklore, world literature, or Iranian culture will find Rostam both a rousing and illuminating read.
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Abolqasem Ferdowsi was born in Khorasan in a village near Tus in 940. His great epic, Shahnameh, was originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan. Ferdowsi died around 1020 in poverty.
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