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Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Vividly translated and lushly illustrated this edition of the Persian epic Shahnameh is fully illuminated for new audiences.

Ferdowsi's classic poem Shahnameh is part myth, part history–beginning with the legend of the birth of the Persian nation and its tumultuous history, it contains magical birds and superhuman heroes and centuries-long battles. Written over 1,000 years ago, it was meant to protect Persian collective memory amidst a turbulent sea of cultural storms. Originally written in couplets, the translation and adaptation by Ahmad Sadri retells the mythological tales in prose format. The spectacular illustrations in this edition were created from elements culled from thousands of manuscripts, lithographs, and miniatures dating from the thirteenth through the nineteenth centuries, and each panel becomes a new work of art, an exquisite collage of traditional forms. 500 + full-color illustrations.

This title is featured in connection with the exhibition Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World on view April 6, 2022 to August 8, 2022 at the Getty Villa.

- Ferdowsi (Author), Hamid Rahmanian (Illustrator), Ahmad Sadri (Translator)
- 592 pages
- 8.8 inches W x 14.6 inches L
- Hardcover
- Liveright
- 2017
- Literature
- Item #: 978-1631494468