The Medieval Reception of Firdausī’s Shāhnāma

The Medieval Reception of Firdausis Shahnama
Monday, September 29th, 2014
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Room #129, Institute of Asian Research
Registration required

Abstract:
Firdausī’s Shāhnāma has often been studied as an epic or historical writing, but, it does not quite fit either one of these two genres. Drawing on evidence from medieval Persian works, the lecture will demonstrate that the Shāhnāma was primarily understood as a mirror for princes in medieval times. To illustrate how the characteristics of an ideal government are presented in the Shāhnāma, an episode from the Ardashīr cycle will be analyzed and discussed.