Rostam Nameh: The amazing exploits of Rostam: part 1

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Avan, 1382 Yz.

“Jehan afrin ta jehan afrid, savari chun Rostam nayamad padid”

“In this world, created by the Creator, no better rider has been born than the world champion Rostam.” – Firdausi, Shah Nameh

These memorable lines by the immortal poet of Iran, Firdausi, capture the essence of the life and times of the World Hero, Rostam.

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The tragic life-story of King Khosrau Parvez – part 7

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Roj Behram Mah Dae, 1381 Yz.

Meanwhile the rebellious courtiers were growingly increasingly worried over Shirooy’s inability to take any decision on the end of Khosrau Parvez. They met in secret and decided on their course of action. On a predetermined day, the courtiers all got together and marched into Shirooy’s court. Seeing them all together, Shirooy thought his end was near. In one voice, the courtiers demanded to know why Shirooy was delaying the final end of the deposed king. ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khosrau Parvez – part 6

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Roj Gosh Mah Dae, 1381 Yz.

In the meanwhile, the deposed king passed the one month cleansing his soul, offering payers to the Almighty who had raised him so high and now broken him. Despite all the luxuries and servants available to him, Khosrau Parvez remained closeted with his wife Shirin, only eating the food that was lovingly cooked by her.

As this sorry state of events continued, there were a few members of the court of Khosrau Parvez who still remembered ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khosrau Parvez – part 5

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Roj Aneran Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

‘Firstly’, the King rejoined to his wayward son, ‘only he who is without fault should point out the fault of others. Besides, much of what has been written has been penned not by you, but by others who are using you for their own selfish purposes. Be that as it may, here are my replies to your accusations: Firstly, your allegation that I killed my father is untrue. He was, in fact, killed by my ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khusrau Parvez – part 4

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

As the King escaped under cover of darkness, the rebel soldiers entered the palace and began looting and breaking things indiscriminately. Soon the entire palace was in a shambles. The senior leaders arrived and were shocked to see the extent of the destruction, but it was too late. As they searched frantically for the King, all they could find was his favourite Queen Shirin.

Meanwhile the deposed King made his way into the countryside with a ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khusrau Parvez – part 3

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

First comes glory, then destruction. This is nature’s truth and it played out in case of Khosrau Parvez too. The 38 years of prosperity and peace brought a slight arrogance in the King. But now the tide turned. A severe outbreak of plague struck the empire, killing thousands of citizens and destroying crops. This caused the tax collection to falter, rousing the King’s ire. Given his uncompromising nature, the taxes were forcibly collected, causing much ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khusrau Parvez – part 2

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

Putting aside the long standing rivalry between the Byzantines and the Iranians, Caesar Maurice agreed to help Khosrau raise an army to defeat the usurper Behram Chobin. His main condition was that Khosrau would marry the Caesar’s daughter, Miriam. Being aware of the nature of Kings, the Caesar further laid down the condition that the King would not take another wife till Miriam had passed away. The Caesar’s strategy was not only to halt the ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khusrau Parvez – part 1

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Roj Bahman Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

Readers of Frashogard may be familiar with the name of the Sassanian dynasty, which ruled over Iran and much of the civilized world during its days of glory.

Indo-Sassanid

The dynasty was founded by Ardeshir Papakan (r. 224 – 241 AD) and had 35 rulers, the last being Yezdezerd Shaharyar, who ruled from 632 to 651 AD and from whose name our calendar (Yazdezardi, or Yz.) is derived. Thus Yz. ...

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