A new exhibition shows Persian miniatures at their finest
The Economist

THRONGING with heroes and villains, demons and dragons and deeds of derring-do, the “Shahnameh” is a literary epic. Tens of thousands of verses of poetry merge together myth, legend and history, chronicling the reigns of Persia’s kings. Written in the 11th century by Ferdowsi, one of the giants of Persian poetry, it tells the story of the struggle between good and evil, between god (which god is somewhat ambiguous, left for the reader to decide) and the devil. It lies at the heart of Persian literature, a glittering thread weaving through Iranian culture, stringing together each chapter of the nation’s history.

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