Rostam Tales of Love and War from Persia's Book of Kings

ISBN-10: 1933823119
ISBN-13: 9781933823119
Edition: 2007
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Description: Rostam is Iran's greatest mythological hero, a Persian Hercules, magnificent in strength and courage. As recounted in the tenth-century Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by the poet Ferdowsi, he was an indomitable force in ancient Persia for 500 years,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Mage Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/21/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Rostam is Iran's greatest mythological hero, a Persian Hercules, magnificent in strength and courage. As recounted in the tenth-century Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by the poet Ferdowsi, he was an indomitable force in ancient Persia for 500 years, undergoing many trials of combat, cunning and endurance. Although Rostam served a series of often-fickle kings, he was always his own man, committed to the greater good of Iran. His adventures are some of the best-loved of all Persian narratives and remain deeply resonant in Iranian culture. This book begins with the birth of Rostams father Zal and ends with Rostams death. The tales tell of the love between Zal and Rostams mother, the Kaboli princess Rudabeh; of Rostams miraculous birth, aided by the magical bird Simorgh; of Rostams youth and the selection of his trusty horse Rakhsh; of his affair with Princess Tahmineh, the birth of their son Sohrab, and, after Sohrab grows into a mighty warrior himself, the tragic confrontation between father and son. The tales conclude with Rostams war against demons, his seven trials, his rescue of Prince Bizhan, and finally his battle, both intellectual and physical, with the ambitious and religiously-driven prince Esfandyar.

Abolqasem Ferdowsi(9401020) is the preeminent poet in the Persian language and one of the greatest poets of his time in any language. Dick Davisis the premier translator of Persian poetry at work today. Azar Nafisiis the author of the bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Dick Davis is an Englishman who has lived for most of his adult life outside his own country - in Greece, Italy, Iran and the United States. He is currently a professor of Persian at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Introduction
The Tale of Sam and the Simorgh
The Love of Zal And Rudabeh
The Birth of Rostam
Rostam and his Horse Rakhsh
Summary of the story of Afrasyab & Nozar
Rostam and Kay Qobad
Kay Kavus's War Against the Demons of Mazanderan
The Seven Trials of Rostam
The King of Hamaveran, & his Daughter Sudabeh
The Tragedy of Sohrab
Summary of the story of Seyavash
The Akvan Div
Summary of the story of Bizhan & Manizheh
Rostam Rescues Bizhan
Summary of the story of King Khosrow
Rostam and Esfandyar
The Death of Rostam
Index of Headings
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