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Persian Myths (The Legendary Past) Paperback – 4 Oct 1993

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; First Edition edition (4 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780714120829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714120829
  • ASIN: 0714120820
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The traditional tales and stories of ancient Iran describe confrontations between good and evil, the victories of the gods and the exploits of heroes and fabulous supernatural creatures such as the magical bird Simurgh and the "div" or demons. Much information about Iran's pre-Islamic past comes from the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, the "Avesta", which was not written down in its present form until the 13th or 14th century but parts of it date back originally to between 1400 and 1200 BC. As well as the words of the prophet Zoroaster, and stories about the Wise Lord Ahura Mazda, it incorporates earlier pagan myths which reappear in the "Shahnameh" (Book of Kings), an epic in rhyme completed in AD 1010 by the poet Firdowski and featuring his most famous hero, Rustan.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book details the traditional tales and stories from Persia, ancient Iran, drawing the myths mostly from the pre-Islamic Zoroastrian faith, as well as from a few other ancient religions. The book is relatively well set out and is easy to read with each section detailing gods, demons or heroes. There is also a section on those historical characters, such as Alexander the Great, who have made such an impact on the Persian people that myths have developed around them. The author has made a good job of bringing together the myths so that they give a good overview of Persian myth but the book lacks the depth that I would have liked. Another problem is the lack of coloured pictures, the black and white ones are good but lack the impact that they would have had otherwise. All in all this is a very good book but is a bit short and lacking in some areas.
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Persian myths 27 Sept. 2011
By Farid Javidan Samani - Published on
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I received the book as promised. Great quality. Fast shipping. It is a terrific book to learn about Persian mythology which has been overshadowed by Greek and Roman Mythology. It is very different and worth knowing about.
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Three Stars 14 July 2014
By B-14 - Published on
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Good book with alot of information, but seemed although it was written for children.
An excellent introdution for beginners 1 Nov. 2013
By Lavendar - Published on
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This book is brief and easy understanding. Readers could easily get the main ideas and essensial plots of Persian myths. It also provides us a basic background to understand the meaning conveyed by Persian culture and art.
Good book. A little water-damaged 13 Sept. 2014
By Marklaj - Published on
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Good book. A little water-damaged, I think, as if it either got wet, or something hot was laid on top of it. The pages all curl slightly. Not bad enough to return it, but still a bit annoying.
Excellent! 13 Feb. 2012
By AngelGirl - Published on
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Book arrive fast and in excellent condition. I am though a little a disappointed because I bought it think it had more information about Zurvan. But overall is a very interesting book!
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