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News number: 8806050398

13:46 | 2009-08-27

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Cambridge Hosts Iran's Shahnameh Exhibition

TEHRAN (FNA)- An exhibition of illustrations of Shahnameh, a magnum poetic opus by the Persian poet Ferdowsi, was held at the University of Cambridge in England.



A total of 120 manuscripts, illustrations, tile works, metal dishes and fabrics on Shahnameh are on display at Cambridge.

According to the event's organizers, Britain has the biggest collection of Shahnameh's works. As many as 15 original Shahnameh copies are kept in Cambridge, press tv reported on Wednesday.

The exhibition has been held by The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Iran's Heritage Association (Bonyad Miras-e-Iran).

The exhibition will be held until January 2010.

Ferdowsi devoted over 35 years of his life to the creation of Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), which is considered one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, and has had considerable influence on subsequent literary works.

Ferdowsi, one of the greatest Iranian poets, was born in 935 CE in a small village named Paj near Tous in Khorasan, which is situated in today's Razavi Khorasan province in Iran.

The romance of Zaal and Rudaba, the Seven Stages (or Labors) of Rostam, Rostam and Sohrab, Siavash and Sudaba, Rostam and Akvan Div, the romance of Bizhan and Manizheh and Rostam and Esfandyar are among the most popular stories of Shahnameh.

A bust of Ferdowsi was installed at the University of Oxford's Wadham College Library on May 8.