Tales of Ancient Persia

Tales of Ancient Persia

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192741195
  • 9780192741196

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Barbara Leonie Picard, widely admired for her reworkings of European myths and legends, retells the first half of the Sha-Nama, the 10th-century epic by the Iranian poet Firdausi. Reluctantly, we must confess to finding these lengthy tales, most of which concern the exploits of the great hero Rustem (remember Sohrab and Rustem?) somewhat ponderous. The language is self-consciously "dignified" - full of references to "carven" lions and "grievous tidings," and "wine bibbers," and the many unfamiliar names and customs (particularly the Persian warrior ethic, which Rustem obviously personifies, but which is never clearly defined) combine to make the stories unapproachable. Considering the reputation of the author and the dearth of Persian mythology in formats suitable for younger readers, this companion to Roger Lancelyn Green's Tales of Ancient Egypt is nevertheless a desirable addition to larger collections. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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