SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Kings, heroes and Zoroastrianism in Persian literature

The fire ordeal of Siyavosh, Son of Key Kavus
Narguess Farzad, SOAS, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, British Museum, and Sarah Stewart, SOAS

Date: 13 December 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 13 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Suite

Type of Event: Reading

Narguess Farzad, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis and Sarah Stewart will read extracts of stories related to Zoroastrianism in ancient Persia from the colourful collection of Persian literature. These include myths from the Shahnameh or Book of Kings of Firdowsi, completed in AD 1010, and Gurgani’s Vis and Ramin of the mid-eleventh century. The readings in original Persian and English translation will bring to life kings and heroes of pre-Islamic Persia and their role as defenders of the Zoroastrian religion. Heroes such as Esfandiyar and Siyavush, who are revered both in the Avestan literature as well as the Shahnameh, will be included in this poetry session.

This event is in connection with two exhibitions on Zoroastrianism: “The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination”, Brunei Gallery, 11 October – 14 December 2013: and: “Wise men from the East: Zoroastrian traditions in Persia and beyond”, Gallery 69a, British Museum, 24 October 2013 – 27 April 2014:

The Brunei Gallery will close at 5.00pm and re-open from 7-9.00pm.

Admission: £4, to purchase tickets please visit the SOAS Online Store.

Organiser: Centre for Iranian Studies

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