Like a number of the great Persian romantic narratives, the love story of the Sāsānian king Khusraw II (r. AD) and Shīrīn, the Christian princess from . Read and learn for free about the following article: Khusraw Discovers Shirin Bathing. Khosrow discovers Shirin bathing in a pool, Safavid Dynasty, 16th Century. Well look, he didn’t say “Suppose she’s kiddin’”. And he didn’t say.

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Horses were in fact important in northern Sasan ian territory, where Azerbaijan in particular has well-watered grasslands. From the roof, Shirin reproaches Khusraw, recounting her sufferings, insisting they can only be together if she becomes his wife.

Nizami lived in a time of transition in Persia, during the decline of the Seljuqs, before the invasion of lhosrow Mongols.

Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford. Whatever truth there may be in these speculations, the romance ehirin one of the most popular in Persian literature. Shirin falls in love with Khosrow and escapes from Armenia to Khosrow’s capital Mada’in ; but meanwhile, Khosrow also flees from his father’s anger and sets out for Armenia in search of Shirin. Unlike the Shahnamehwhich focuses on the history, kingship and battles of Khosrow, Nizami decided to focus on the romantic aspect of the story.

This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in Azerbaijani. Yet, Khosrow sends a messenger to Farhad and gives him false news abd Shirin’s death.

Mariam, due to her jealousy, keeps Khosrow away from Shirin. As outsiders, the Seljuq sultans recognized that they required Persian help to rule effectively. Khosrow Parviz ‘s first sight of Shirin, bathing in a pool, in a manuscript of Nezami ‘s poem. Hormizd IVwho is now pleased with his son, forgives him. The result was that by the s, the empire that for centuries had vied for dominance over the ancient world with Greece, Rome, and Byzantium shirun far more easily than later Persians, such as Nizami, could explain or even comprehend.

On the way, he finds Shirin unclothed bathing and washing her flowing hair; Shirin also sees him; but since Khosrow was traveling in peasant clothes, they do not recognize one another. Upon hearing this, Farhad throws himself off the mountain to his death.


For the love of images. Nizami, who knew and greatly admired the Book oj Kingsdid not want to duplicate it.

Khodrow a machine-translated version of the Azerbaijani article. He thirsted for water but would not disturb Shirin, for he knew how tired she was. Aside from black, a choice warhorse might be white, dappled, or sorrel.

Khosrow and Shirin

One Thousand and One Nights. So startled is she at being seen that she jumps on Shabdiz and speeds off, wondering if the handsome stranger might be Khusraw.

He is discovered by the guards and narrowly manages to run away, bringing with him a bouquet of yellow flowers to said beloved who refuses them, saying that she wanted red flowers not yellow.

Shirin will spend far more time here than she could ever have imagined. One night, after drinking too much wine, Khusraw informs Maryam of the forlorn Shirin and beseeches his wife to take her in as a slave. She constructed a monastery and a church close to the royal abode, and settled shirib and khowrow there allotting from the court stipends and money shiirn clothing.

Knosrow is known about his family life, but most historians concur that he had a wife named Shirin. Both the lingering optimism of the high Seljuq period and the mounting anxiety as leadership broke down seem to find their way into his work, leading to a style that is much more emotional and sensitive than anything that had graced Persian literature before.

The workers comply, but, jealous of her privileges, build the palace in a hot, unhealthy place, not far from the capital. Exact name of German article]]; see its history for attribution. Coins of faith and power at the British Museum. She loosed her braids and washed her long black hair, and the moon-like reflection of her adn was caught in the shallows of the pool Chelkowski, Khosrow discovers Shirin bathing in a pool, Safavid Dynasty, 16th Century.

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He also took Christian wives, and had an extremely beautiful Christian wife from the land of Xuzhastan named Shirin, the Bambish, queen of queens [tiknats’ tikin]. Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: The text deals with ecclesiastical, social, and political issues of the Christian church giving a history of its leaders and notable members.


Painting on canvas permitted greater flexibility in size and portability while loosening the physical connection of images to textual description.

The earliest source mentioning Shirin is the Ecclesiastical history of Evagrius Scholasticuswhere she is mentioned as “Sira”. Modern Language Association http: He may have drawn on a particular story in this genre: Nizami constantly alludes to the Shahnameh in his writing, especially in the prologue to the Iskandarnameh. Although these monuments were from a fairly recent, for them, pre-Islamic period, the early Muslim Persians did not know much about their ancestors.

The trusty Shapur arrives to discover that Shirin and her female companions often sip wine, sing and dance, and weave garlands of flowers in a meadow.

For several centuries the Sasanians, whose official religion was Zoroas-trianism, competed with the Christian Byzantine Empire to the west. Thus, Khosrow leaves Shirin in Armenia and goes to Constantinople. Few Persian poets of his time would have portrayed anyone but a king or warrior as a hero.

That the story of Khosrow and Shirin was ultimately selected was a fortuitous fluke: Shirin, of her own free willjoins Khusraw in bondage. At the height of its power, the Sasanian empire stretched from Mesopotamia the lands around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in present-day Iraqto modern Afghanistan, to the Persian Gulf and the Indian Oceanand its armies made incursions as far west as Palestine and Egypt.

Which, if any, of these variations correspond to a historical truth is no longer known, but the castles of Shirin and Khosrow remain. He learns that Shirin has given up her reign for love of him.