The Shâhnâmah, which is also known as “The Book of Kings” was written between 977 and 1010 CE by Persian poet Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi. That is the longest epic poetry ever composed by a single person and it consists of 60,000 verses. The Shâhnâmah tells about the Persian Empire, pre-Islamic kings, and knights, including Alexander the Great (Iskandar). The timeline of the events this poem describes span from the very creation of the world until the Arab conquest of Iran and is divided into three parts: the "mythical", "heroic", and "historical" ages.
"The Book of Kings” has not only historical importance but also regarded as a literary masterpiece, which has a huge influence on modern Persian language, Zoroastrism and its adherents and cultural identity of modern-day Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The Shâhnâmah, or The Book of Kings, by the poet Adbul Kasim Mansar Firdausi (c. 940-1020) is the Persian national epic. It recounts the history and exploits of the pre-Islamic kings and knights, including Alexander the Great (Iskandar).
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