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Shâhnâmah (The Book of Kings)

The Shâhnâmah or “The Book of Kings” is an epic poetry that is of central importance for the Persian culture. The Book of Kings is written by the poet Adbul Kasim Mansar Firdausi (c. 940-1020)Created by: PICRYLDated: 1020
Manûchihr beheads his uncle Salm in battle.
The Shâhnâmah, which is also known as “The Book of Kings” was written between 977 and 1010 CE by Persian poet Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi. That is the longest epic poetry ever composed by a single person and it consists of 60,000 verses. The Shâhnâmah tells about the Persian Empire, pre-Islamic kings, and knights, including Alexander the Great (Iskandar). The timeline of the events this poem describes span from the very creation of the world until the Arab conquest of Iran and is divided into three parts: the "mythical", "heroic", and "historical" ages.
"The Book of Kings” has not only historical importance but also regarded as a literary masterpiece, which has a huge influence on modern Persian language, Zoroastrism and its adherents and cultural identity of modern-day Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The Shâhnâmah, or The Book of Kings, by the poet Adbul Kasim Mansar Firdausi (c. 940-1020) is the Persian national epic. It recounts the history and exploits of the pre-Islamic kings and knights, including Alexander the Great (Iskandar).

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Suhrâb captures Hajîr. - Persian manuscript
Siyâvush stands captive before Afrâsiyâb and members of his court.
Rûdâba giving birth to Rustam.
Rustam slays Qulûn. - Persian manuscript
Tawurk, the grandfather of Garshâsp, captures Sarnud of Hind (India).
Rustam kills Suhrâb. - Persian manuscript
Zâl kills the Turanian hero Kulbâd.
Rustam's Third Feat: he kills a dragon.
Suhrâb menaces Rustam with a knife.
Front cover of binding - Persian manuscript
Afrâsiâb and his troops pursue the army of Qarân.
Barzû's mother tells Rustam of the lineage of her son.
Rustam kills the castellan of Mount Sipand.
The youthful Iranian king Naudar led captive before the enthroned Turanian ruler Afrâsiyâb.
Rustam drags Sûdâbah from her throne.
Barzû, the grandson of Rustam, captures Gurgîn.
Suhrâb removes Gurdâfrîd's helmet and discovers his adversary is a woman.
Rustam catches Rakhsh. - Persian manuscript
A battle between Iranians and Turanians.
Manûchihr beheads his uncle Salm in battle.
Kubâd kills the Turanian warrior Bârmân.
Zâl before the palace of Rûdâbah.
Manûchihr lifts his fleeing uncle.
The sîmurgh brings Zâl to Sâm.
Rustam's Seventh Feat: he kills the white dîv.
Rustam drinks wine with Kay Qubâd.
Garshâsp captured the dîv Mahrâs.
Rustam wrestles with Suhrâb. - Persian manuscript
Back cover of binding - Persian manuscript
[Title page] [Sarlawh?] with "marginal drawings of gold plants, trees, and animals".
The baby Rustam in swaddling clothes is suckled by one of his ten wet nurses.
Jamshîd enthroned flanked by an angel and a swordbearer.
Rustam kills Alkûs. - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  = The Book of Kings.
Tûr kills his brother Îraj.
Garshâsp hits a lion with his mace.
Garshâsp, an ancestor of Rustam, kills a dragon with a lance.
Manûchihr and his army degeat the forces of Kâkvî, the grandson of Zahhâk.
Mihrâs wrestles with Barzû's dîv before the entrance to the dîv's cave.
The execution of Jamshîd by the order of Zahhâk.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
[Illuminated chapter heading.] - Persian manuscript
Ruhhâm chases Bârmân. - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Kay Khusrau executes Afrâsiyâb. - Persian manuscript
Rustam hits Kâfûr. - Persian manuscript
Gustaham fights Lahhâk. - Persian manuscript
Isfandiyâr, who has cut off Arjâsp's head, holds the dead man's crown.
Isfandiyâr's Fifth Exploit: he kills the sîmurgh.
Gîv fights Lahhâk. - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  = The Book of Kings. p. 253.
Furûhil and Zangûlah fight. - Persian manuscript
Bahman and his courtiers look at the body of Farâmarz.
The execution of the murderers of Darâ as ordered by Iskandar.
Farîburz, the son of Kay Kâ'ûs, hits Kâlbad.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Rustam shoots Shaghâd. - Persian manuscript
Rustam captures Kâmûs. - Persian manuscript
Bahrâm Gûr on horseback surveys two dead lions and is advised by an old man not to kill any more.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Tazhâv attacks Bahrâm. - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Gîv kills Gurûy (or Gurwî).
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Farâmarz slays a fleeing soldier.
Kay Khusrau bids farewell to his court.
Bahrâm Gûr kills a dragon.
Gurgîn leads away Andarîmân's horse.
Tûs kills the Turanian warrior Arzhang.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Gushtâsb is greeted by Zâl in Sîstân.
Shâhnâmah  = The Book of Kings. p. 171v
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Farâmarz, a son of Rustam, strikes Shîrm.
Shâhnâmah  = The Book of Kings. p. 254v.
Garsîvaz, the brother of Afrâsiyâb, is executed.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Rustam shoots Ashkabûs. - Persian manuscript
Ruhhâm cuts off the arm of the sorcerer Bâzûr.
Shâhnâmah  = The Book of Kings. p. 288.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Farûd shoots Zarasp, the son of Tûs.
Above, Bîzhan fights Rû'în. [] Below, Hajîr leads away the dead Sipahram.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
Shâhnâmah  = The Book of Kings. p. 253v.
Farâmarz kills Takhânû in battle.
Bîzhan kills Balâshânwith a mace.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
An episode in Farâmarz's fight with Mihârk.
Rustam shoots Isfandiyâr in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow.
Shâhnâmah  [Text Page] - Persian manuscript
[Illuminated chapter heading.] - Persian manuscript
Kay Khusrau celebrates on his return to Iran.
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