Persian Myths by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
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Persian Myths
By Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis

Persian Myths

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Persian Myths by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780292711587
ISBN-10: 0292711581
Format: Paperback / softback
(240mm x 172mm x 6mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Sasanian Era by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis Sasanian Era, Hardback (January 2008)

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Birth of the Persian Empire by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis Birth of the Persian Empire, Hardback (September 2005)

Exploring the formation of the first Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Persians, this is the first volume in the "Idea of Iran" series. It brings together a multi-disciplinary view of ancient Iran in the first millennium BC, and concentrates on the art, archaeology, history and religion.

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