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3 The Sistāni Dynasty in Ferdowsi’s Shāhnāme

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In order to understand Farāmarz's position both in other versions of the history of the kings and in the epic cycle, this chapter investigates the role he plays in Ferdowsi's Shāhnāme, whilst also situating Farāmarz in the context of his family. It discusses the roles played in the Shāhnāme by Rostam, Zāl, Sām, and Zawāre, as well as their position within the Iranian realm as rulers of Sistān. It pays attention on the interesting position occupied by Garshāsp. The chapter deals with the Shāhnāme appearances of Farāmarz. Many Shāhnāme manuscripts include one or more interpolated later epics that feature different descendants of Rostam, but the only one of Rostam's offspring to appear in Ferdowsi's presumed authentic Shāhnāme, besides Sohrāb, is Farāmarz. His name is cited in eight different Shāhnāme stories.

Keywords: Ferdowsi's Shāhnāme; Garshāsp; Iranian realm; Rostam; Sām; Sistān; Zāl; Zawāre



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