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Dr. Babak Rahimi of UCSD’s Literature Department discusses the Shahnameh or Persian Book of Kings is an enormous poetic narrative, longer than the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 AD. Considered the national epic of the Farsi-speaking world, it tells the mythical and historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world up to the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. Written in almost pure Farsi unmixed with adoptions from Arabic, it was pivotal in reviving the Farsi language in Iran after the massive influence of Arabic.
Location: Central Public Library: 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101