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News > The oldest manuscript of Persian epic book in the world The Shahnameh


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The oldest manuscript of Persian epic book in the world The Shahnameh

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The oldest manuscript of Persian epic book in the world The Shahnameh (Book of The Kings) has been published digitally in Italy.

The ancient manuscript that is kept in the National Library in Italian city of Florence, was recognized by an Italian scholar during his research in 1978, Press TV has reported.

Written by the master of Persian literature Hakim Abulqasim Ferdowsi, The Shahnameh belongs to the 11th century.

Shahnama (Book of Kings) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Iran (Persia). Consisting of some 50,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire.

The stories of the Shahnameh tell the long history of the Iranian people. The book begins with the creation of the world and the origin myths of the arts of civilization such as fire, cooking, metallurgy and social structures.

The work is of central importance in Persian culture, regarded as a literary masterpiece, and definitive of ethno-national cultural identity of Iran.

 It has drawn global admiration and has been translated into several languages.


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