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Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

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Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the "Shahnameh: ThePersian Book of Kings," the national epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre- Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab i ...more
Hardcover, 886 pages
Published 2006 by Viking (first published 1010)
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J.G. Keely
May 20, 2013 J.G. Keely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic, reviewed
The history of the world is a history of jerks. Starting with Gilgamesh, our earliest epic hero, who makes everyone wrestle him until they are exhausted then goes off to sleep with their wives while they pray to the gods to deliver them, to Achilles sulking in his tent, the Athenians sentencing Socrates to die because he talks too much, or Tacitus writing of how Caligula, Claudius, and Nero ruled through assassination and manipulation.

Sure, there are always a few level-headed, intelligent fellow
Vincent Asaro
Jun 19, 2013 Vincent Asaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps the greatest collection of stories I have ever read! It is a true "dream book"; if you love wonder stories, myths and heroic epics this is the kind of saga you dream about. Every story is better than the one preceding it and it keeps mounting until it reaches heights of imagination and storytelling that are all but untouchable. As in Persian poetry the language is rich, layered and achingly beautiful. It is basically a long family saga but it never gets too complicated to follow. ...more
Samaneh Khanlari
با دبیر ادبیات مان کل انداختم یک بار... او می گفت برترین سوگنامه ادب پارسی سوگ تهمینه در مرگ سهراب است... من میگفتم نوحه ی مجنون در مرگ لیلی ست...الان که فکر میکنم برای او که مادر بود قطعا سوگ تهمینه سوزناک تر است...برای من که عاشق بودم به زعم خود نوحه مجنون در مرگ لیلی...
The olden kings gave us the gift of a peaceful holiday.
Calling for wine and musicians at the onset of spring
They forgave, they forgot, and drank their worries away.

This is a review of the edition of Shanameh published by the Quantuck Lane Press. It is an adaptation, as labeled on the first page; it is certainly shorter than the full text as listed for the Penguin etc. editions. But it is accompanied by beautifully ornate, full illustrations on every page, original to the edition, and the text ce
سرایش شاهنامه
قصه ی سرایش شاهنامه معروف است. فردوسی برای تظلّم به غزنه (پایتخت محمود غزنوی) می رود. در قصر شاه، سه شاعر نامدار دربار را می بیند. می پرسند "کیستی؟" می گوید "شاعرم."
شاعران دربار، برای دست انداختن دهقان زاده ی دهاتی، می گویند "ما هر یک فی البداهه یک مصرع می گوییم، تو مصرع چهارم را بگوی تا قدرت شاعری هر یک معلوم شود."
می سرایند:
چون عارض تو ماه نباشد روشن
همرنگ رخت گل نبوَد در گلشن
مژگانت همی گذر کند از جوشن
و فردوسی می سراید:
مانند سنان گیو در جنگ پشن

سه شاعر دیگر مبهوت می مانند و می پرسند
Mahsa  fanaei
Jan 12, 2017 Mahsa fanaei rated it it was amazing
شاهنامه از سه بخش : اساطیری از کیومرث تا فریدون، پهلوانی از کاوه تا رستم و تاریخی...من بخش اساطیری و پهلوانی رو بیشتر دوست داشتم و این دو بخش رو با علاقه بیشتری خوندم

از آن پس نمیرم که من زنده ام
که تخم سخن من پراگنده ام

من داستان فریدون و ضحاک، رستم و سهراب، و داستان های مربوط به پادشاهی اسکندر و کشور گشایی ها وجهانگردی هاش و داستان سیاوش رو بیشتر از بقیه قسمت ها پسندیدم.
یه همت عظیمی میخواست کل شاهنامه رو خوندن که من بالاخره موفق شدم
Ahmad Sharabiani
شاهنامه فردوسی در نه جلد؛ مسکو، انستیتو ملل آسیا، 1966
فهد الفهد
Sep 04, 2012 فهد الفهد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-ancient

الملحمة الفارسية الشهيرة التي وإن كتبت في وقت متأخر نسبياً – ألف ميلادية، وهو وقت مبكر مقارنة بالمهابهاراتا والألياذة والأوديسة -، إلا أنها تعتمد على أصول وأساطير فارسية قديمة، وكعادة هذه الملاحم تكتظ الشاهنامة بالرجال الخارقين، وبالأحداث الغريبة، وتروي التاريخ الفارسي منذ أقدم عصوره حتى سقوط الإمبراطورية الفارسية على أيدي المسلمين.

جزء هائل من روعة الملاحم يفقد في الترجمة، حيث تفقد الأبيات الشعرية ترددها، وتتحول إلى سطور قصة خرافية طويلة، ولكن لازالت الملاحم تقرأ رغم ذلك، وتبهرنا بمضا
Mrs. Miska
Jul 15, 2009 Mrs. Miska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My literary travels around Iran continued this month with Shahnameh, and boy was it a long trip. Clocking in at 854 pages (not including glossaries and indices), it took me nearly a month to read, and not for lack of interest; the stories are, for the most part, fascinating.

Originally, my plan was to sample stories from Shahnameh to get an idea of Persian mythology. Shahnameh is roughly the Persian equivalent of The Odyssey or Beowulf, covering stories of Persian heroes and historical events. Un
May 24, 2010 Parsa rated it it was amazing
شاهنامه کتاب مقدس فرهنگ ایران زمین است ما ایرانیان به چه کسی بیشتر از فردوسی مدیونیم ؟
کتابی که با خواندش مغرور و مفتخر از ایرانی بودنمان میشویم .
شاید که هرچه که بر سر ما میرود از بی توجهیمان به شاهنامه این شاه بیت زبان پارسی است.
Ebrahim Houshyar
بدون شرح دشواریها، در یک جلد، کیفیت کاغذ پایین اما قیمت مناسب. یه جورایی چاپ دانشجویی حساب میشه این نسخه ...more
Lord artan
Jun 28, 2009 Lord artan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

برسي پادشاهان شاهنامه(قسمت اول)
سلام من يه چند وقتي هست كه شديدا درگير شاهنامه شدم يعني فكر كردم كه تا الان كه نخوندم كلي عمرم حدر رفته.چون احساس مي كنم هر كسي كه خودش رو ايراني مي دونه بايد شاهنامه بخونه

خوب شروع مي كنيم


اولين پادشاه شاهنامه كيومرث بود كه 30 سال حكومت كرد.فردوسي در وصف او چنين مي گويد

چنين گفت كه كايين تخت و كلاه كيومرث اوورد و او بود شاه

چو امد به برج حمل افتاب جهان گشت با فر و ايين و اب

بتابيد از ان سان ز برج بره كه گيتي جوان گشت با فر و ايين و اب

كيومرث شد بر جهان كدخداي نخست
Robert Sheppard

Goethe honored Persian Literature as one of the four great literary traditions of World Literature, or "Weltliteratur" as he named it. I
Dec 10, 2012 Manon rated it it was amazing
I am not so presumptuous as to review the Shahnameh. Does one review Shakespeare or Augustine? But I will comment on Dick Davis' excellent translation. Some people complain that it's written in prose; others complain that it's written in poetry. Yet the magic of this translation is the incorporation of the two. As he says in the introduction, Davis' goal is not to faithfully reproduce the tens of thousands of lines of poetry that took Ferdowsi 30 years to write. Rather, he opts for a combination ...more
Feb 27, 2007 Iman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All iranians
Shelves: persian
An extraordinary book, I believe that this book has saved my mother tongue respectful language, Persian, it has saved our history. All true iranians owe Ferdousi. This is the book we need to remember ourselves.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Dick Davis (Translator), Azar Nafisi (Foreword)
Nov 01, 2007 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shâhnameh recounts the history of Iran, beginning with the creation of the world and the introduction of the arts of civilization (fire, cooking, metallurgy, law, etc.) to the Aryans and ends with the Arab conquest of Persia. The work is not precisely chronological, but there is a general movement through time. Some of the characters live for hundreds of years (as do some of the characters in the Bible), but most have normal life spans. There are many shahs who come and go, as well as heroes ...more
Jee Koh
Nov 26, 2010 Jee Koh rated it really liked it
Finally finished reading Shahnameh today, the Persian Book of Kings, translated by Dick Davis. Arranged like a royal chronicle, the book falls into two parts, the first legendary half, teeming with hero-kings and demons, and the second more "realistic" half, closer as the history is to Ferdowsi's own time. The turning point lies in the reign of Sekandar (Alexander the Great), who is depicted initially as a world conqueror, but later, more importantly, as a seeker of knowledge.

I like the legends
Dec 05, 2013 أسيل rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأت عن الملحمة تعليقات ومقاطع شعرية مترجمة قبل ان اقرأها بترجمتها للغة العربية
ولكنها جاءت نثرية ومع ذلك اسلوبها جذاب ومؤثر خاصة انه يمزج بين الحقائق بالخرافات، والوقائع بالأساطير
ووصف الملوك والاميرات فهي تيجان الملوك

تذمر قباذ ذات يوم من المجاعة التي عمت بلاده واحضر مزدك للتشاور فاقنعه باشاعة الاستيلاء على خزائن الاغنياء في
وقت المجاعة فعمت الفوضى وكثرت البلوى والسرقة فتذمر قباذ مرة اخرى واحضر مزدك للتشاور فأصر مزدك على صواب مشورته وفعله وسداد رأيه لأن الجائع كالملدوغ من سم الحية فإن اعطي له الت
seyyed reza
Jul 06, 2015 seyyed reza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دستنویس فلورانس از آن نسخههای پرسر و صدایی بوده که تاکنون یافته شدهاند. خدا خیر دهاد آنجلو پیه مونتسه را که این نسخه(و بعدها نسخهای از منطقالطّیر در تورینو) را یافت که اگر او نبود، شاید این نسخه هنوز هم به اسم «تفسیر قرآن فارسی» در طاق فراموشیِ کتابخانۀ فلورانس بود.
نسخه را از این لینک میتوانید ببینید:
متن از متون نسبتاً سالم شاهنامه تا اینجاست و خصوصاً در مقایسه با متن بریتانیا(675) ابیات الحاقی و جابجایی کمتر دارد؛ از آن جمله نسخههایی است که نیمۀ ابتدایی ش
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Both FMF & Bloom rec this one ; so who's to argue? And now Penguin has an edition with new translation forthcoming in just a few days. It's gunna be FAT :: Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings.

I saw the new edition of Shahnameh yesterday at The Village Bookshop. Slipcased. But shrink wrapped so I couldn't smudge it with my beautiful fingers. US$75, but cheaper today at amazon which has a few pretty pics up. A wonderously put-together volume it would appear. isbn 1593720513.
Dec 29, 2015 kian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خوندن آثار کلاسیک جهان اون هم به طور کامل، خیلی لذت بخشه... دوست دارم بعدا بتونم بازم کامل، شاهنامه رو بخونم.. چون جزئیات خیلی از داستانها از ذهنم میره و فقط یه کلیاتی در ذهن می مونه...
Apr 09, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Well, it's been a while since I tackled this bad boy, and what a big boy it is. Picture this: you're a poet, you're Zoroastrian, it's about 1000 years after this Christ fellow (whom you don't know) got to meet his maker (curiously, himself), and you decide it would be a good idea to record the complete history of the great Persian empires whose final vestiges has been overrun by those pesky Moslems. Oh yeah, and it takes you thirty years to write it. There is a reason it is a cornerstone of Pers ...more
Rosanne Hawke
Dec 15, 2014 Rosanne Hawke rated it it was amazing
Who am I to rate or review Abolqasem Ferdowsi's ancient and classic Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings? Since I only know a smattering of Persian, nor can I comment on Dick Davis' translation from the original into English, which I have heard is excellent, but cannot verify. This is a volume which I dip into and will still be doing so in the years ahead, so I will take it from my currently reading list even though I am halfway. It is fascinating and I am enjoying it but that is not the only re ...more
It has been called the "Persian Quran" by Ibn al-Athir, even though this title is not common knowledge among the Persian speakers but somehow indicates the importance of this book for all Persian speakers of the Iranian world, including Afghanistan and Tajikistan, to other Persian speakers of Central Asia, Pakistan and as far as China, the Republic of India, as well as the many Iranians living abroad all around the world since the Revolution of 1979.

This book is also important to the remaining 2
Hanie Hoseini
Nov 05, 2009 Hanie Hoseini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بسی رنج بردم در این سال سی
عجم زنده کردم بدین پارسی
محمد على عطية
سيرة ملوك فارس من البداية إلى الفتح الإسلامى.ملحمة شعرية تمثل جوهرة الأدب الفارسى ترجمها الى العربية عبد الوهاب عزام,هى بمثابة الإلياذة لدى الفرس
Isa Cheragh
يذكر أن رسالة أرسلت للسفير الإيراني ذكاء الملك محمد علي فروغي في أنقرة إبان حكم رضا خان من قبل مصطفى كمال أتاتورك تعجب فيها لعدم استغلال الحكومة الإيرانية للشاهنامه والتي هي بمثابة أقدم وثيقة تاريخية تحكي تاريخ الشعوب الإيرانية في الترويج لإقامة دولة ترتكز في تقدمها على بعث ماض ملؤه الفخر والاعتزاز في الوقت الذي كان يبحث هو فيه عن أي أثر تاريخي يحكي دور الأتراك والتورانيين في قيام إمبراطورية في أوساط آسيا للنهوض بمشروعه القومي الذي أعقب سقوط الخلافة العثمانية ... إن هذه الحكايا مدونة من قبل أبي ...more
Ramazan yahaghi
شاهنامه اصل ادبیات ماست. خواندنش باعث غرور است. هر ایرانی بایستی یک بار بخواند. و بارها بخواند.
Feb 07, 2017 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
# 26 of 133 on Clifton Fadiman's New Lifetime Reading Plan

Entertaining at the start, and then just tedious.....
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Abolqasem Ferdowsi (Persian: ابوالقاسم فردوسی), the son of a wealthy land owner, was born in 935 in a small village named Paj near Tus in Khorasan which is situated in today's Razavi Khorasan province in Iran.
He devoted more than 35 years to his great epic, the Shāhnāmeh. It was originally composed for presentation to the Samanid princes of Khorasan, who were the chief instigators of the revival o
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“But all this world is like a tale we hear -
Men's evil, and their glory, disappear.”
“I turn to right and left, in all the earth
I see no signs of justice, sense or worth:
A man does evil deeds, and all his days
Are filled with luck and universal praise;
Another's good in all he does - he dies
A wretched, broken man whom all despise.”
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