Ardā Wirāz Nāmag: The Iranian 'Divina Commedia'

1st Edition

Fereydun Vahman

Routledge
Published February 27, 2018
Reference - 328 Pages
ISBN 9781138204706 - CAT# Y289446
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Language & Literature of the Middle East

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Summary

Ardā Wirāz Nāmag or the Book of the Righteous Wirāz is an outstanding example of Iranian apocalyptic literature. It is in the Middle Persian (Pahlavi) language and was written probably during the later period of the Sasanian dynasty (AD 226-650). The Zoroastrian priests chose a man called Wirāz, the most righteous among them, to go to the spiritual realm to discover the truth of the religion. This book, first published in 1986, contains the observations of Wirāz’ divine journey and his description of heaven and hell. The basic MS. is K20 (Royal Library of Copenhagen) which is carefully compared with other MSS. The MS. is printed in facsimile, followed by transliteration and transcription following the MS. closely line by line. A full translation is given, and a commentary is included together with a glossary, bibliography and index.

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