The Epic of" Farmarz" in the Panjikent Paintings

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In this article it is suggested that we should identify an illustration of the epic of Farāmaz (the son of the Iranian national hero Rostam) in one cycle of Sogdian paintings from Panjikent (eighth century CE). The exploits of Farāmarz are known mainly from two poems composed in New Persian in the eleventh-twelfth centuries CE known as the longer and the shorter Farāmrznāmes. If this suggestion is correct, it would mean that these poems as well as other contemporary Persian epics, which are usually neglected by scholars of pre-Islamic Iran, might contain genuine pre-Islamic material.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)67-84
Number of pages18
JournalBulletin of the Asia Institute
StatePublished - 2010


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