Ancient Origins IRAQ Tour

Scene from the Shahnameh. Afrasiyab (standing figure) executes Nauzar (lying down), while two groups look on.

Persian Poets’ Fabled Family of Heroes

Star-crossed lovers, fathers killing sons and a warrior bride shackling her newlywed husband to the bed, all play a role in the legendary folklore of Persia’s most famous fabled family; that of Rostam and his ancestors and descendants.

Illustrious tomb of Ferdowsi (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Illustrious tomb of Ferdowsi (CC BY-SA 4.0)

About 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) outside the city of Mashhad, in the north-east of Iran, in the small village of Tus, one can find the tomb of Abu l-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (936 - 1020 AD). Ferdowsi is a famous Persian poet and the author of Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the national epic of the Greater Persia, which consists of the partly mythological, pre-Islamic history of the Persian kings, from the first man to the last Sasanian king in the mid-7th century AD.

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