The person responsible for this webinar said that due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and its coincidence with the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (PBUH), the first Imam of Shia Muslims, the webinar to commemorate Ferdowsi was planned to be held on May 25-26, IRNA wrote.
Iran marks May 15 as National Ferdowsi Day, which is also Persian Language Day.
Mohammad-Jaf’ar Haqqi, who is also a member of the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries of Khorasan Razavi Province, said that nine researchers, two of whom were not Iranians, presented their lectures during the webinar.
He said the organizers might publish the speeches for public use.
Ferdowsi (940-1020), the author of ‘Shahnameh’ (Book of Kings) which is the world’s longest epic poem created by a single poet, is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature. The poet continues to revive national and epic stories and history of Iran and breathe new life into Persian language and literature, and therefore he enjoys a lofty status and is venerated as Iran’s national poet.
Ferdowsi spent over three decades writing ‘Shahnameh’. It is twice as long as Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’ combined. The book about the Persian kings, written entirely in Persian, played a key role in the revival of this language and made a significant contribution to the development of Persian literature.