Today in Iranian history: the Shahnameh is completed (1010)

Obviously there are a lot of important works of literature that have been created over the years and across the many cultures of the world, so if I were to describe Abu’l-Qasim Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh as simply a great work of literature I would be doing it something of an injustice. It is a great work of literature, don’t get me wrong, but its importance goes far beyond the aesthetic. It could be argued, has been argued in fact, that this epic poem is responsible for saving Iranian civilization and the Persian language from extinction–or, at least, from being completely marginalized.

Source: Today in Iranian history: the Shahnameh is completed (1010)

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