More than a thousand years ago, a Persian poet by the name of Abu´l-Qasim Firdawsi (d. 1020-21) penned this verse. His prophecy has held true, as the year 2010 marks the 1 000th anniversary of the completion of his historical work, Shahnama, The Book of Kings.
Consisting of some 60 000 verses, it is considered one of the longest and most important epic poems ever written. Firdawsi has been compared to the legendary ancient Greek poet Homer, as he poetically recounts the history of Iranian kings from the beginning of time until the fall of the Sasanian Dynasty in the mid-seventh century.
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