James Atkinson (essay date 1814)
SOURCE: A preface to Suhrāb and Rustam: A Poem from the “Shāh Nāmah” of Firdausī. 1814. Reprint. Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1972, pp. l-xxv.
[In the following essay, Atkinson prefaces the translation of the Suhrāb story from the Shah-Namawith a biographical sketch of Ferdowsi and a general overview of the poem. Atkinson praises the poet's descriptions and his flowing verse.]
The Shahnamu, from which the Poem of Soohrab is taken, comprises the history and achievements of the ancient Kings of Persia from Kuyomoors, down to the invasion and conquest of that empire by the Saracens, during the reign of Yuzdjird, in 636. It is replete with...
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