Pre-islamic Persia would definitely be in my top ten time travel destinations...
True. Abbasids. “1001 Nights.” Sheherazad. Numerous others. Beautiful architecture. Rife with Byzantine intrigue. The Hashisheen. Library at Merv that Genghis Khan destroyed.
Pre-WWI book, “Ali & Nino” is back in print. Marvelous but sappy. Good description of the period including Georgia.
Farsi is Indo-European, so it has the verb ‘is’ and some related words to English. Written in Arabic letters though.
Oh yes. Hellenic culture. Alexander went through there & back, but got stuck at the Indian elephants. Alexander married a Persian whom his Greek wife killed. Actually, she was Afghan. Killed her in Persia though.
I’m told that the best printed Shahnameh are from Moscow, and the best movies made based on Shahnameh are Russian also.
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The Persian Book of Kings
by Abolqasem Ferdowsi,
tr by Dick Davis,
foreword by Azar Nafisi
Deluxe Edition Paperback