\fˈɜːdəsˌi], \fˈɜːdəsˌi], \f_ˈɜː_d_ə_s_ˌi]\
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A celebrated Persian poet who lived from about 935 to about 1020. He is the greatest of Persian epic poets. In 1010, after 35 years of labor, was completed his first heroic epic, the "ShahNamah" (King's Book) in about 60,000 distichs: it recounts the ancient Persian traditions of heroism. His other great poem, "Jussuf and Zulikha", a religious-romantic epos, is founded on the Biblical story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. There are English translations of sundry passages from the "Shah-Namah", and a German translation of the whole of the "Jussuf and Zulikha".
By Charles Dudley Warner