FLORENCE, ITALY – The oldest manuscript of Persian epic book in the world The Shahnameh (Book of The Kings) has been published digitally in Italy.
The ancient manuscript that is kept in the National Library in Italian city of Florence, was recognized by an Italian scholar during his research in 1978, IRNA new agency has reported.
Written by the master of Persian literature Hakim Abulqasim Ferdowsi, The Shahnameh belongs to the 11th century.
Consisting of some 50,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian empire from the creation of the world until theIslamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.
The work is of central importance in Persian culture, regarded as a literary masterpiece, and definitive of ethno-national cultural identity of Iran. It is also important to the contemporary adherents of Zoroastrianism, in that it traces the historical links between the beginnings of the religion with the death of thelast Sassanid ruler of Persia during the Muslim conquest and an end to the Zoroastrian influence in Iran.