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Persian Myths
 
Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Price : ₹ 295.00  
ISBN : 978-81-250-3949-5
Language : English
Pages : 80
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 180 x 240 mm
Year : 2010
Series : The Legendary Past
Territorial Rights : Restricted
Imprint : No Image
 
   
 
 
About the Book

The traditional tales and stories of ancient Iran describe confrontations between good and evil, the victories of the gods, and exploits of heroes and fabulous supernatural creatures such as the magical bird Simurgh and the div or demons. Much of our information about Iran’s pre-Islamic past comes from the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, the Avesta. Although not written down in its present form until the thirteenth or fourteenth century, parts of the Avesta date back originally to between 1400 and 1200 BC. As well as the words of the prophet Zoroaster and stories about Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, it also incorporates earlier pagan myths which reappear in the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). A magnificent epic in rhyme completed in ad1010 by the poet Firdowsi and featuring his most famous hero, Rustum. Dr Curtis draws upon all of these sources to retell for modern readers the stirring legends of ancient Iran, which have inspired centuries of manuscript illustrations. This book contains 42 illustrations.

Table of Contents

Map of ancient Iran
Introduction
The gods and the creation of the ancient Iranian World
Demons, fabulous creatures and heroes
The Book of Kings: Firdowsi’s Shahnameh
Fabulous mythological creatures of the Shahnameh
Stories of Zoroaster, Cyrus and Alexander
Continuation of an ancient tradition
Fairy tales and passion plays
Conclusion
Suggestions for further reading
Index and picture credits
Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is curator of ancient Iranian coins in the British Museum and is editor of Iran, published by the British Institute of Persian Studies.

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