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4 Farāmarz’s Role in Six Later Epics

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Farāmarz plays roles in six poems from the epic cycle. They are the Bānu Goshaspnāme, the Shabrangnāme, the Jahāngirnāme, the Borzunāme, which conveniently is discussed as a shorter and a longer poem, the Shahriyārnāme, and the Bahmannāme. Technically, the number of poems totals seven, since Farāmarz also appears in the extract of the shorter Borzunāme, the Shāhnāme. The first three can be situated in Key Kāwos's reign, the shorter Borzunāme takes place during the rules of either Kāwos's or Khosrow and the longer one only during that of the latter king, the Shahriyārnāme is set during the early part of Goshtāsp's rule, and the last poem, as its title implies, takes place during the rule of king Bahman. The Borzunāme is the only one of the six epics to focus on an eponymous character from the Shahname, whilst its story expands upon a Shāhnāme episode.

Keywords: Bānu Goshaspnāme; Bahmannāme; Borzunāme; Farāmarz; Goshtāsp's rule; Jahāngirnāme; Shāhnāme episode; Shabrangnāme; Shahriyārnāme



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