Posts Tagged by Ferdowsi
|September 12, 2019||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
We were pleased to welcome back Olga M. Davidson, Boston University, for a discussion on ‘Persian epic and the embedding of a song of lament’. The event took place on Thursday, September 19 at 11 a.m. EDT, and was recorded. Read more…
|January 2, 2017||Filled under CHS Dialogues, Featured, Video Dialogue||
The combined research of Nagy and Davidson on ancient “Life of Homer” and medieval “Life of Ferdowsi” narratives respectively has shown that the traditional “biographies” about these two poets, as transmitted by a vast variety of communities, can be studied as sources of historical information about the reception of Homer and Ferdowsi.
Even though the stories about these poets’ lives are myths, the actual uses of the various different myths of various different communities are a matter of historical reality. Read more…
|October 31, 2015||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
We were delighted to welcome Olga M. Davidson for a CHS Open House discussion during which she introducie the great Persian poet Ferdowsi, and his epic Shāhnāma.
She has argued that the heroic tradition of this epic is deeply ancient, stemming from Indo-European poetic traditions. A primary example is the great warrior Rostam, who upholds Iranian kingship while at the same time posing a threat to kings who prove unworthy of the crown.