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The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia


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The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia (The Shahnameh) is an epic poem by the Persian poet Firdausi, written between 966 and 1010 AD. Telling the past of the Persian empire, using a mix of the mythical and historical, it is regarded as a literary masterpiece. Not only important to the Persian culture, it is also important to modern day followers of the Zoroastrianism religion. It is said that the poem was Firdausi's efforts to preserve the memory of Persia's golden days, following the fall of the Sassanid empire. The poem contains, among others, mentions of the romance of Zal and Rudāba, Alexander the Great, the wars with Afrāsīyāb, and the romance of Bijan and Manijeh.

This book has 146 pages in the PDF version. This translation by Helen Zimmern was originally published in 1883.

Production notes: This e-book of The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 24th May 2019, and updated on the 11th March 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Siavush brought captive before Afrasiab' by Muhammad Zaman.

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