Book Review: Shahnameh

Edge Induced Cohesion

Shanameh:  The Persian Book Of Kings, written by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, translated by Dick Davis

This is a large book to get through and it is likely that few readers will try.  For those who are aware of Persian history, this book is going to be somewhat frustrating for most of it, since the tragic history of Darius and Alexander is the first incident in the book that even comes off as somewhat historical and even that has a lot of legends attached to it.  The provenance of this book is at least as interesting, if not more so, than the book itself.  The author wrote this epic poem (it extends more than 50,000 lines in its Persian original–this version is a prose translation that lasts more than 800 pages but is still an abridged version) over the span of decades, and towards the end of his poem he mourns the…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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