Literature Courses

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Dr. Mitra Ara

Ancient Iranians, like other peoples of antiquity, created narrative poems and prose works of legendary and heroic content.
We will focus on the Book of the Kings (Shahnameh), composed over a thousand years ago by the Persian poet Ferdowsi, reviewing the work with illustrated paintings from different manuscripts. This monumental volume in 50,000 verses is a compilation of various mythological and heroic episodes in a single epic.  It tells the story of several Iranian peoples from the creation of the world to the seventh century common era.  Other related accounts from the earlier Avestan and Middle Persian texts will also be...

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