Thursday, December 24, 2009

Shahnama (Late Fifteenth Century)

The Shahnama recounts Iran’s history in verse, beginning with the mythical rule of King Kayumars and ends with the murder of the last Sassanian King Yazdagird III (632–652) whose empire fell to the Muslim Arab conquerors in the seventh century. In writing the Shahnama, Firdausi aimed to rekindle Persian pride and protect Persians from Arabic domination.

Illuminated title page of a Shahnama with preface.
Lewis O.50, fol. 1r

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