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Rostam, the man, the myth, the legend

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    Posted: 22 Jul 2009 at 06:53
My interest in this person derives from the awesome comic of the same name.  The comic ofcourse draws heavily from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi but how much of the latter was legend? Example did he really have a son named Sohrab whom he killed in a duel?(not knowing he was his son)
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According to Shahnameh, he has a son named Sohrab. Rostam & Sohrab is a tragedy within Shahnameh.
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Are there any Sassanid sources corroborating that Suren? Rostam was a prominent figure associated with the last stand of the Sassanids, no mention is made of any previous invasion of Iran by his son. 

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Shahnameh has been written around 4 centuries after Arab Invasion and many sources has been lost by that time. A few sources which remained after the invasion and some verbal stories were the main source of Ferdowsi. Beside Shahnameh is a mixture of legend and historical facts which makes it hard to use it as a source. Some people say Rostam represent Surena, Partian general who defeated Crassus, famous Roman general in battle of Carrahe. There is no historical document available to support Sohrab existence in reality. What you read in Shahnameh is mostly legend and figures which we do not know when they have lived. To be honest I have not read the whole Shahnameh. I have read 80% of it. About Rostam-e-Farukhzad the Sassanid general in shahnameh I can say they only share the same name.

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That make sense, it's a bit like 1001 nights, the Shahnameh is an amalgamation of centuries old stories passed down orally and through manuscripts. The Rostam legend is really epic and makes for great movie material, the comics are a great start to increase it's popularity.
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