Ferdowsi

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Ferdowsi and the three Ghaznavid court poets

Ferdowsi (935–1025) was a Persian author at the turn of the 1st millennium.

Quotes[edit]

  • توانا بود هر که دانا بود
    • Variant translations:
      • Capable is he who is wise
      • Mighty is he who has knowledge
      • One who has wisdom is powerful

Shahnameh[edit]

  • [He] made ready for combat; and he took forth the arrow that was given to him of the Simurgh, and he let it fly towards his enemy.
  • "And the earth was covered with steel, and arrows fell from the clouds like hail, and the ground was torn with hoofs, and blood flowed like water upon the plains..."

Quotes about Ferdowsi[edit]

  • The Persians regard Ferdowsi as the greatest of their poets. For nearly a thousand years they have continued to read and to listen to recitations from his masterwork, the Shah-nameh, in which the Persian national epic found its final and enduring form. Though written about 1,000 years ago, this work is as intelligible to the average, modern Iranian as the King James version of the Bible is to a modern English-speaker. The language, based as the poem is on a Dari original, is pure Persian with only the slightest admixture of Arabic.
  • . Ferdowsi. Encyclopædia Britannica Online (2007). Retrieved on 4 June 2007.
    Yazdgerd III:Damn this world, damn this time, damn this fate,
    That uncivilized Arabs have come to make me Muslim.
  • For nearly a thousand years they have continued to read and to listen to recitations from his [Ferdowsi] masterwork [Shahnameh], the Shāh-nāmeh, in which the Persian national epic found its final and enduring form. Though written about 1,000 years ago, this work is as intelligible to the average, modern Iranian as the King James version of the Bible is to a modern English-speaker.

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