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Shahrestanihay-e Eranshahr

A Middle Persian Text on Late Antique Geography, Epic, and History with Parallel English and Persian Translation, and Commentary

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Intellectual Traditions Series 7
Availability: In stock
Published: 2002
Page #: x + 89
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-143-8
bibliography, glossary

 
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This volume is a transcription, translation (English and Persian), along with a copious commentary of the only surviving Middle Persian text on geography written in late Sasanian period which was finally redacted in the eighth century CE during the Abbasid caliphate. The text enumerates the different cities in Asia and the people who were responsible for their construction, some being mythical and other historical. The text is important not only for the study of administrative history, but more importantly sheds light on the historical and the mythical world of ancient Persia. The text provides several unique pieces of information on the Peshdadian and Kayanian dynasty and the Turanian villains which are not found in other Old and Middle Persian texts. The Šahrestýn^hý ^ Eòòrýnšahr also provides an important insight into the ancient Persian geographical and imperial world-view, specifically the concept of Eranshahr which according to our text spans from the Oxus to the Nile river. This view is echoed in the Persian epic material which is based on the Sasanian geographical view.

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Touraj Daryaee

Touraj Daryaee was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967. His elementary and secondary schooling was in Tehran, Iran and Athens, Greece. Daryaee took his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. He specializes in the history and culture of Ancient Persia. His most recent articles include: “History, Epic, and Numismatics: On the Title of Yazdgerd I (Ramšahr),” Journal of the American Numismatic Society, vol. 14, 2002(2003), pp. 89-95; “Gayomard: King of Clay or Mountain? The epithet of the First Man in the Zoroastrian Tradition,” Paitimana, Essays in Iranian, Indo-European, and Indian Studies in Honor of Hanns-Peter Schmidt, Mazda Press, 2003, pp. 339-349; “Sight, Semen, and the Brain: Ancient Persian Notions of Physiology in Old and Middle Iranian Texts,” The Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 30, nos. 1&2, 2002, pp. 1-26; “The Changing ‘image of the World’: Geography and Imperial Propaganda in Ancient Persia,” Electrum, Studies in Ancient History, vol. 6, 2002, pp. 99-109. His books include Šahrestaniha i Eranšahr, A Middle Persian Text on Late Antique Geography, Epic, and History, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 2002; History & Culture of the Sasanians, Qoqnoos Press, Tehran, 2003; and Menog i Xrad: The Spirit of Wisdom, Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafazzoli, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 2003. He is also the editor of the Name-ye Iran-e Bastan, The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies.

Editor's Preface by Hossein Ziai

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Transcription
English Translation
Persian Translation
Commentary
The Middle Persian Text
Map
Glossary
Bibliography

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