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The Stories of Shahnameh

The Stories of Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings” is an audio book collection in English and Persian languages created by Afshin Sepehri and Nusha Sepehri with the goal of introducing the beautiful stories of Shahnameh, the masterpiece by Iranian poet Ferdowsi to both Iranian and non-Iranian audience.

Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings is an epic poem written by Iranian poet Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010 C.E. It is the national epic of Iran and the Persian-speaking world. Consisting of some 50,000 verses, Shahnameh tells the mythical and, to some extent, the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the seventh century. Shahnameh is of central importance in Persian culture, regarded as a literary masterpiece and definitive of cultural identity of modern-day Iran. It is also important to contemporary adherents of Zoroastrianism because it traces the religion’s beginnings to the death of the last Sassanid ruler of Persia during the Muslim conquest and the end of Zoroastrian influence in Iran.

Abolqasem Ferdowsi (940–1020 C.E.) is a highly revered Persian poet and author of the epic Shahnameh which is the world’s longest epic poem created by a single poet, and it is honored as the national epic of Iran and the Persian-speaking world. Ferdowsi is celebrated as one of the most influential Persian poets of all time and an influential figure in Persian literature.

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