Rostam: Tales of Love and War from the Shahnameh

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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...

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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.

The selected adventures of Persia?s Hercules, from Iran?s great national epic

No understand ing 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780143105893
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,448,079
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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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.

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

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