Khwadāynāmag: The Middle Persian Book of Kings

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Khwadāynāmag. The Middle Persian Book of Kings by Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila analyses the lost sixth-century historiographical work of the Sasanians, drawing on a large number of Middle Persian, Greek, Arabic, and Classical Persian sources.

The Khwadāynāmag is often conceived of as a large book of stories, comparable to Firdawsī's Shāhnāme, but Hämeen-Anttila convincingly shows that it was a concise and dry chronicle. He also studies the lost Arabic translations of the book, which turn out to be fewer than hitherto thought, as well as the sources of Firdawsī's Shāhnāme, showing that the latter was only remotely related to the Khwadāynāmag. It also becomes clear that there were no separate "priestly" and "royal" Khwadāynāmags.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoston; Leiden
Number of pages294
ISBN (Electronic)9789004277649
ISBN (Print)9789004365469
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Persian Cultural History
ISSN (Electronic)2210-3554


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