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Shahnameh: The Epic of Kings

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"Shahnameh: The Epic of Kings" is the epic poem of the Persian poet Ferdowsi which tells of the mythological and historical past of Persia from the creation of the world up until the Islamic conquest in the seventh century. Written between 977 and 1010 AD, the "Shahnameh" is a captivating story of the ancient world and details much of Persia's history, culture, and ancient ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by (first published 1010)
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J.G. Keely
Jun 26, 2013 J.G. Keely rated it really liked it
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
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...
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
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
Mrs. Miska
Aug 10, 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
شاهنامه فردوسی در نه جلد؛ مسکو، انستیتو ملل آسیا، 1966
May 24, 2010 Parsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 15, 2012 Fahad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

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
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
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Dick Davis (Translator), Azar Nafisi (Foreword)
Feb 26, 2015 علی 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Feb 28, 2016 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis marked it as i-want-money  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ford-m-ford
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.
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
Dec 19, 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
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 03, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 26, 2010 Rodney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Apr 06, 2015 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why am I giving this book a star rating? Obviously it's a 5, it's the basis of literature, it's the Old Testament of Iran. And it's dense, and poetic, and lovely, and repetitive, and slightly boring, and I'm glad I read it, and I never will again, but I do wish I'd read it in a classroom setting, because I'm from a completely different culture, and I don't even have any friends that are from Iran, much less anyone that speaks Farsi. I probably missed literally everything important in this poem. ...more
Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
This book is absolutely gorgeous, but it's an epic, so it's about many, many different generations of Persian kings, none of which stuck with me. So, while I didn't finish it, I still highly recommend it, even if just for the illustrations. I can't get over how pretty this book is!
لی لا
Sep 01, 2012 لی لا rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...
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