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Ferdowsi’s Ecumenism in the Shahnama

2023.11.13, an abridged and pre-edited version an earlier essay | By Olga M. Davidson Ferdowsi reading the Shahnameh to Shah Maḥmud of Ghazni (1913). Vardges Sureniants (Armenian, 1860–1921). Image via Wikimedia Commons. Since 2001, I have been working on an ongoing project of translating and commenting on… Read more

On the Kalīla wa-Dimna

2023.11.02 | By Olga M. Davidson §0. This pre-edited standalone essay, included in a series of pamphlets published online and also in print (“on-demand”), consists of two parts. Part I is a pre-edited rewriting of a shorter essay (Davidson 2015a) originally published in a book edited by Regula Forster and… Read more

An occlusion of Xerxes in medieval Persian epic

2023.09.29 | By Olga M. Davidson This pre-edited standalone essay is presented in honor of Pierre Judet de La Combe, whom I first met, together with Greg, in September 1975, almost half a century ago, at the apartment of Jean and Mayotte Bollack in Paris. Among the young classicists there… Read more