Abolqasem Ferdowsi

Abolqasem Ferdowsi (935–1020, Persia, now Iran) completed the Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) around the year 1000. An enormous opus of over 50,000 verses, the Shahnameh recounts the history of Greater Persia from the creation of the world to the Arab invasion. The story tells of the warrior Rostam and the son he engenders in a brief affair. In one of the poem’s most poignant moments, Rostam mortally wounds the warrior son he never knew. Dying, Sohrab delivers this speech, unknowingly, to his father.