Ferdowsi’s text centered on the reigns of fifty monarchs (including three women). So, It can divide into a legendary and a quasi-historical section. It begins with the reign of Kayumars at the dawn of time and concludes with the last Sasanian king, Yazdigird (reigned 632–651). These fifty “chronicles” provide a framework for the dramatic deeds and heroic actions of a range of other personages. Generally, the poem draws on a wealth of sources, including local and dynastic histories, the Avesta.
It is the illustrated edition of the classic work “Shahnameh Ferdowsi”. This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations which is published in April 2013. Award-winning graphic artist and filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian who created the lush and intricate illustrations in this edition. Also incorporating images from the pictorial tradition of the Persianate world from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The new translation and adaptation by Ahmad Sadri. He retells the mythological and epic stories of the original poem in prose format. This Shahnameh is an extraordinary literary and artistic accomplishment.