Firdausi, or Ferdowsi, was born Abu Ol-Qasem Mansur in Tus, Iran. 935 AD . Firdausi was a poet and well known for his epic 'Shahnama' . He wrote the greatest national epic in world literature, the 'Book of Kings' or 'Shah-nameh' (60 000 couplets). It tells the mythical and historical past of Iran from the creation of the world up until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

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