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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the epic poem the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, the Book of Kings, which has been at the heart of Persian culture for the past thousand years. The poem recounts a legendaryhistory of Iran from the dawn of time to the ll of the Persian Empire in the th century and serves, in a sense, as a creation myth for the Persian nation.

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The Shahnameh took Ferdowsi thirty years to write and, consisting of over , verses, is said to be the longest poem ever written by a single author. Laced with tragedy, Ferdowsis epic chronicles battles, romances, mily rifts and Mans interior struggle with himself. Although the stories may not always be true they have a profound resonance with Iranians even today, and the poem has been referred to as both the encyclopaedia of Iranian culture and the identity card of the Persian people.

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