Persian Myths

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University of Texas Press, 1993 - Fiction - 80 pages
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The traditional tales and stories of ancient Iran, which occupied a vast area of Central Asia, describe confrontations between good and evil, the victories of the gods, and the exploits of heroes and fabulous supernatural creatures such as the magical bird Simergh and the dev or black demons. Much of our information about Iran's pre-Islamic past comes from the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, the Avesta, which was not written down in its present form until the thirteenth or fourteenth century A.D. but dates back originally to between 1400 and 1200 B.C. As well as the words of the prophet Zoroaster and stories about the wise lord Ahura Mazda, it also incorporates earlier pagan myths which reappear in the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), a magnificent epic in rhyme complete in A.D. 1010 by the poet Firdausi and featuring his most famous hero, Rustam. 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.

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Review: Persian Myths (The Legendary Past)

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

If you know nothing about Persian Myths, this is a decent place to start. It gives some background knowledge, from historical to cultural touchstones, it recognizes the geographical realities and ... Read full review

Review: Persian Myths (The Legendary Past)

User Review  - واسع علوی - Goodreads

As an Iranian it's a shame that I don't know much about Persian mythology. This book was a good, concise start for me. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is Curator of Islamic and Iranian Coins at the British Museum. Sarah Stewart is Deputy Director of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and teaches Zoroastrianism in the Department of Religions at SOAS.

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