Kings, heroes and Zoroastrianism in Persian literature

Friday 25 October 2013,

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Narguess Farzad, Sarah Stewart, both of SOAS, and Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, British Museum, will read extracts of stories related to Zoroastrianism in ancient Persia from the colourful collection of Persian literature.

Including myths from the Shahnameh or Book of Kings of Firdowsi, completed in AD 1010, and Gurgani's Vis and Ramin of the mid-11th century.

The readings in original Persian and English translation will bring to life kings and heroes of pre-Islamic Persia and their role as defenders of the Zoroastrian religion. Heroes such as Esfandiyar and Siyavush, who are revered both in the Avestan literature as well as the Shahnameh, will feature prominently.

This event is related to two exhibitions: Wise men from the east: Zoroastrian traditions in Persia and beyond in Room 69a from 24 October 2013 to 27 April 2014, and The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination at the Brunei Gallery from 11 October to 14 December 2013.

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Detail from nineteenth century tile from Iran showing the legendary King Jamshid of the Shahnameh in an audience scene.