Arabian Poetry

Arabian Poetry

W. A. Clouston

This is an anthology of 19th century Orientalist translations of Arabian poetry, many of which are very rare, as is this particular book. Most of the included works either predated Muhammed or were contemporary, so there are many fascinating bits of pre-Islamic lore. Included is the Moallakat, or the ‘Hanged’ Poems, a collection of seven pre-Islamic poets whose works were once displayed (i.e. ‘hanged’) in the Ka’ba. Another highlight…

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The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

Firdausi

The Shahnameh, (“The Book/Epic of Kings”), is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Firdausi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. It is the world’s longest poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

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Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

Ignácz Kúnos

This book draws on the rich folklore of Turkey with forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales. Most of these stories are framed by the usual fairy tale apparatus. There are quests to win the hand of a princess, evil step-relations, talking animals, magical objects and transformations, simple (but brave) peasants, wizards and witches, dragons and dungeons, thousand-league journeys, and loveable fools. The majority of these stories contain encounters…

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The History of Herodotus

The History of Herodotus

G. C. Macaulay

Divided into nine books named after the Muses, The History Of Herodotus traces the growth of the Persian empire, starting with Croesus of Lydia, though Cyrus and Xerxes. The pivotal event of the History is the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE), where the Persians were defeated by the Greeks. A decade later the Persians, led by Xerxes, returned but were decisively defeated at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE. Beyond the historical narrative…

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History of the People of Israel

History of the People of Israel

Carl Heinrich Cornill

Chapters include; Introductory Observations. Land and People. Race Migrations of the Orient in Ancient Times; Israel prior to the Origin of the National Kingdom; The National Kingdom. Saul and David; Solomon. The Division of the Kingdom. The Early Years of the Divided Kingdoms; To the Destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans; From the return out of the Babylonian Captivity to the Outbreak of the Rebellion of the Maccabees; The Maccabean…

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