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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Old Common Room
Event date: 
Thursday, 18 May, 2023 - 17:15
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MES Seminar Series talk given by Sam Lasman, University of Cambridge

In his epic Shа̄hnа̄ma (Book of Kings), Ferdowsi reworked older traditions to craft a recurring monstrous antagonist, the azhdahа̄. A hybrid entity combining human and reptilian qualities, this creature allowed classical Persian poets to explore fate, mortality, the past, and the complex relationships between people and other types of being.

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