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The Epic of the Kings: Shah-Nama, the National Epic of Persia (Unesco Collection of Representative Works: Persian Heritage Series)

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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 inv ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published June 28th 1996 by Mazda Pub (first published 1010)
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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
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
Vincent Asaro
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

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
Lord artan

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
Mrs. Miska
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
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.
Robert Sheppard

Goethe honored Persian Literature as one of the four great literary traditions of World Literature, or "Weltliteratur" as he named it. I
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
Feb 27, 2007 Iman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Jee Koh
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
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
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
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
لی لا
به نظر من از تمام شکوه ایران و فرهنگ موقر پارسی فقط شاهنامه است که مونده و چه خوب فردوسی نامدار گفته :
پي افكندم از نظم كاخي بلند كه از باد و باران نيابد گزند
براستی که شاهنامه کاخیست با عظمت از فرهنگ و همه داشته های ایران و ایرانی ...
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
Hanie Hoseini
بسی رنج بردم در این سال سی
عجم زنده کردم بدین پارسی
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
Dick Davis’s English is the closest I’ll ever get to Persia’s national epic, a multivolume poem condensed here to a version that leavens the inevitable tedium of the chronicle with a remarkable string of well-realized vignettes related in supple, vivid language. In Dick’s translation, each of the many kings and heroes of Ferdowsi’s giant epic miraculously stay distinct, and you get enough of each story—especially the famous Rostam’s—to develop a feel for the aesthetic predilections of classical ...more
Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Shahnameh’s overriding message is a humble and fatalistic one; however much wealth and power we enjoy in our lives, we are all going to die, and in death, we will be humbled despite whatever station we held in life. The only thing that we can do is to live a good life, so that even after our deaths, our names will be rememebred with fondness and glory. This message is reinforced by a number of the Shahnameh’s heroes–I am thinking mainly of Fereydoun and Rostam, here–whose works and legacy he ...more
Rosanne Hawke
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
Kevin Bell
Brilliant poem. It's fascinating how little they focus on europe (although there were dynastic reasons for this; the later dynasties destroyed much of the records of the earlier dynasties' achievements). For being the Persian historic myth par excellence you'd think it would focus more on Greece. Nope. The traditional enemy was the Turks. Imagine that.
Either way, these are excellent stories with real appeal. The form is kind of alien to most westerners; there are only a few characters or episod
Donnie Corrêa
Much like the Bible's Old Testament, the Book of Kings is a veeeery beautifull piece of persian classic literature. I fell in love with it the first time I came into contact, and a good part of my love for the middle east and it's beauty was born with the last page of this book.
Feb 19, 2010 M marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Shahnameh" is roughly the Persian equivalent of "The Odyssey" or "Beowulf", covering stories of Persian heroes and historical events.It is part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works (Persian Heritage Series).
Jamie Clegg
The Bible + The Book of Mormon + The Lord of the Rings + The Odyssey = The Shahnameh
An epic epic poem. I loved every minute of it, repetitive as it is. The themes repeat themselves, but not without an engaging twist. I loved the intense and exaggerated characters, the romance, the bloodshed, the symbolism. I just wish I could read the poem in its original, Persian form; I'm sure it would be even more beautiful. I'll definitely share this one withp my kiddos! It bears the same moral as The Book
Ahmad Sharabiani
شاهنامه فردوسی (کپی از چاپ مسکو) چهار کتاب اصلی و سه داستان الحاقی
Kevin Strohmeier
My interest in this epic tale of the period of Iranian history from approximately 200 BCE to 700 CE was piqued with reference to these stories from Hosseini's The Kite Runner, and finalized by listening to "Persian Trilogy", a musical composition by Behzad Ranjbaran.

In spite of the misogyny, blood lust, and repeated persecutions in the names of religion and divine right of royalty, the tales are laced with wonderful pearls of wisdom and were definitely worth the several months of heavily interru
Ahmad Sharabiani
شاهنامه فردوسی
Ahmad Sharabiani
شاهنامه فردوسی
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