Poet and hero in the persian book of kings

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Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings — Olga M. Davidson | Harvard University Press

Combining comparative perspectives with a close reading of the internal evidence provided by the text of this epic, Olga M. Davidson argues that the poet of the Shahnama is actually a character in the epic, coexisting with ancient Iranian heroes and kings whose deeds are celebrated by the poetry. The poet can have the role of a character because his poetry comes to life in performance. Whenever the Shahnama was performed by the poet or by later practitioners of his poetry, the performer could interact with his grand characters by re-engaging with their stories, as if for the first time. After documenting the oral poetic performance traditions underlying the text of the Shahnama in all its variations, Davidson argues that the heroic tradition of this epic is deeply ancient, stemming from Indo-European poetic traditions.
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Shahnameh for a New Generation: The Epic of the Persian Kings

A masterpiece of Persian Classical epic, the Shahnama or Book of Kings was composed by Abu'l-Qasem Ferdowsi at the beginning of the eleventh century.

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User Account Log in Register Help. After documenting the oral poetic performance traditions underlying the text of the Shahnama in all its variations, stemming from Indo-European poetic traditions. Article PDF first page preview. Don't already have hro Oxford Academic account.

Cite Citation. Close mobile search navigation Article Navigation. You do not currently have access to this article. Exploring the Shahnama as an example, Davidson identifies as a driving force of Ferdowsi's narrative a strong current of antagonism between king and hero.

Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings presents a far-reaching reassessment of the classical Persian epic known as the Shahnama or.
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Don't already have rhe Oxford Academic account. The poet can have the role of a character because his poetry comes to life in performance. Whenever the Shahnama was performed by the poet or by later practitioners of his poet. Therefore we would like to draw your attention to our House Rules.

Sign In or Create an Account. General note: By using the comment function on degruyter. Her interpretation of the Shahnama focuses on both the figure of the poet pereian and on his protagonists-the superhuman hero Rostam and the historical or historicized shahs. Drawing on recent work in epic studies and oral poetics, Davidson considers analogies with Classical and medieval European narratives as she investigates the poem's social contexts.

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  1. Odarlegeab says:

    Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. A milestone in Persian Classical literature, Ferdowsi's Book of Kings evokes a long span of Iranian history and myths following a chronicle of its kings from the creation of the world to the conquest of Iran by the armies of the Moslem Arabs in the latter half of the seventh century. Olga M. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.

  2. Matthew D. says:

    Because the Shahnama presents itself as a chronicle of the reigns of the shahs from the primordial founders to the Sasanian dynasty which ended in , scholarly attention has centered on the question of its historical accuracy. Addressing the literary as well as the historical and mythological aspects of the Shahnama , Olga M. Davidson makes this centerpiece of Iranian culture accessible to Western readers. 🕵️‍♂️

  3. Sacripant G. says:

    To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. I The Poet and His Poetry. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Ferdowsis Oral Poetic Heritage.🤣

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