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Shahname - Ferdowsi (English)

Shahname - Ferdowsi (English)

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Published by: Garden of Books on Oct 18, 2009
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THE EPIC OF KINGS
OR
SHAHNAME
BY
FERDOWSI
TRANSLATED BY
HELEN ZIMMERN
OMPHALOSKEPSIS
Ames, Iowa
 
This translation is in the public domain.Typesetting and Layout Copyright © 2000 by OmphaloskepsisCommercial reproduction or distribution of this file is strictly prohibit-ed. To reproduce, post, or mirror this document, please contactinfo@omphaloskepsis.comfor permission.For additional information, please visit:www.omphaloskepsis.com
 
The Shahs of Old 
K
aiumers first sat upon the throne of Persia, and was master of the world. Hetook up his abode in the mountains, andclad himself and his people in tiger-skins, andfrom him sprang all kindly nurture and the artsof clothing, till then unknown. Men and beastsfrom all parts of the earth came to do himhomage and receive laws at his hands, and hisglory was like to the sun. Then Ahriman the Evil,when he saw how the Shah’s honour wasincreased, waxed envious, and sought to usurpthe diadem of the world. So he bade his son, amighty Deev, gather together an army to go outagainst Kaiumers and his beloved son Saiamukand destroy them utterly.Now the Serosch, the angel who defendeth menfrom the snares of the Deevs, and who each nightflieth seven times around the earth that he maywatch over the children of Ormuzd, when helearned this, appeared like unto a Peri and

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