1014 GMT May 28, 2022
Sarvar Bakhti, the president of ECI, said in his speech at the conference that Ferdowsi has a very high position in the field of Persian culture and language among the most famous epic poets throughout the world, IRNA reported.
Ferdowsi’s poems are read in such countries as Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, as well as the Caucasus, Bakhti added.
He also said that Ferdowsi’s magnum opus ‘Shahnameh’ has been translated into many languages and has influenced literary works in other countries.
Ferdowsi’s masterpiece covers all aspects of humanity, he said, adding that it calls all the people to the highest human status.
Seyyed Hossein Taqizadeh Vaqefi, cultural attaché and head of the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Quetta, Shakeel Roshan, president of Alhamd Islamic University, as well as many authors and literature professors from Iran and Pakistan attended the event.
Ferdowsi (940-1020), the author of ‘Shahnameh’ which is the world’s longest epic poem created by a single poet, is celebrated as one of the most influential figures in Persian literature. The poet continues to revive national and epic stories and the history of Iran, breathe new life into Persian language and literature; he enjoys a lofty status and is venerated as Iran’s national poet.
Ferdowsi spent thirty years writing the ‘Shahnameh,’ which is twice as long as Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’ combined. The book about Persian kings, written entirely in Persian, played a key role in the revival of this language and made a significant contribution to the development of Persian literature.