Thursday, June 23, 2011
Ferdowsi, the Poet from Tus
But there is more to its importance than that. In the 10th century, Arab culture was bumping up against Persian culture and language and threatening to over run it. Ferdowsi, fully understanding the threat, wrote Shanameh in a pure form of Persian, removing as many Arab-derived words as possible and as a result codified the Persian language for future generations. Or so the story goes.