Exhibition at Fitzwilliam Museum: Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

This exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge runs until Sun 9 January 2011.

For those who are not able to visit in person, a virtual exhibition can be seen at http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/shahnameh/index.html. Divided into 5 sections examining different aspects of the Shahnameh, it includes images and detailed descriptions of 72 of the 104 exhibits.

Events connected with the exhibition include:

The Shahnameh and Persian Poetry
With Professor Richard Davis, Ohio State University
8 December 2010 17:00 to 18:00. Admission Free. NB at the Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

The Shahnameh and modern Iranian identity
A talk by author of Honeymoon in Tehran and Lipstick Jihad, Azadeh Moaveni.
9 December 2010, 13.15-14.15, Fitzwilliam Museum Seminar Room (35). Admission Free

Tara Kamangar – piano
Pieces inspired by the Shahnameh from this acclaimed US pianist and composer.
11 December 2010, 18.30, Fitzwilliam Museum Gallery 3. Tickets £12/£10 concessions

Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard
Author Nick Jubber discusses this recently published travel memoir of his journey in the footsteps of the poet Ferdowsi. As heard on BBC R4’s Excess Baggage.
5 January 2011, 18.30. Tickets £8/£6 concessions from 01223 703520, or dawn.coleman@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

For more details on these events and more visit: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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