Tehran(IP)- The closing ceremony of the 4th Ferdowsi National Festival for talented school students was held on Tuesday.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's Minister of Education, Yousef Nouri, and the director of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature, Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel, also attended the ceremony.

Attending the ceremony, the director of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature said that literature carries culture, and if anyone combines it with insight and wisdom will gain success.

Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel pointed out that young Iranian efforts were appreciated who had combined their knowledge with faith and love to the extent that they shot down an enemy's drone when it intruded the country's border.  

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Also, Iran's Minister of Education said: "Perhaps every story from the Shahnameh can be a reference for the main content of many computer games in the computer game industry, so we should try to strengthen the imagination and creativity of students through the Shahnameh." 

Youssef Nouri emphasized that we should recognize the Persian language as a reference to the world. The Persian language has the ability to disseminate the teachings of the Islamic Revolution to the world.

At the end of the ceremony, the winners were awarded.

Hakim Abol Qasem Ferdowsi Tousi

Ferdowsi was born in Khorasan in a village near Tous in 935 CE His great epic, The Shahnameh (The Epic of Kings), to which he devoted most of his adult life, was initially composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan, who were the chief instigators of the revival of Persian cultural traditions after the Arab conquest of the seventh century.

During Ferdowsi's lifetime, this dynasty was conquered by the Ghaznavid Turks. Various stories in medieval texts describe the lack of interest shown by the new ruler of Khorasan, Mahmoud of Ghaznavi, in Ferdowsi and his lifework. Ferdowsi is said to have died around 1020 CE in poverty and embittered by royal neglect, though confident of his and his poem's ultimate fame.

The Shahnameh or The Epic of Kings is one of the definite classics of the world. It tells hero tales of ancient Persia. The contents and the poet's style in describing the events take the readers back to ancient times and make them a sense of and feel the events. Ferdowsi worked for thirty years to finish this masterpiece.

The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

Ferdowsi is considered the greatest Persian poet and author of the Shahnameh ("The Epic of Kings"), the Persian national epic, to which he gave its final and enduring form, although he based his poem mainly on an earlier prose version. For nearly a thousand years the Persians have continued to read and listen to recitations from his masterwork in which the Persian national epic found its final and enduring form.

It is the history of Iran's glorious past, preserved for all time in sonorous and majestic verse. Though written about 1,000 years ago, this work is as intelligible to the average, modern Iranian as the King James Version of the Bible is to a modern English speaker. The language, based as the poem is on a Pahlavi original, is pure Persian with only the slightest admixture of Arabic.


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