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Ferdowsi’s statue and mausoleum in the Iranian city of Tus

Ferdowsi’s statue and mausoleum in the Iranian city of Tus

Iran has held the eighth international conference on the highly revered Persian epic poet Ferdowsi at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. The conference which is hosting many Iranian and international scholars, experts and researchers kicked off on May 12. The event is to analyze various aspects of the great 11th-century poet's life and his masterpiece, The Shahnameh. Many art pieces including photos of miniature paintings and calligraphy works on the theme of The Shahnameh stories have been showcased during an exhibition mounted on the sidelines of the program. The conference has been held to commemorate the poet at upcoming National Ferdowsi Day, on May 15. Iran's most famous epic poet, Ferdowsi, is best known for his magnum opus The Shahnameh which is a classic among epic Persian poetry and recounts Iran's mythical and historical past. The book chronicles the legendary history of the pre-Islamic kings of Iran from Keyumars to Yazdegerd III. Ferdowsi spent over three decades on the book that was written in Persian at a time when Arabic was the main scientific and literary language of Iran. FGP/FGP
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