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« on: July 10, 2009, 08:35:14 AM »

A bust of the highly revered Iranian epic poet Ferdowsi has been installed at the University of Oxford's Wadham College library.

The Ferdowsi bust was exposed in the presence of Iran's Ambassador to Britain Rasoul Movahedian, Iran's cultural attaché in London Ali-Mohammad Helmi, the Warden of Wadham College Sir Neil Chalmers, Professor Charles Melville who teaches Persian language and literature at Cambridge University, and many other scientific and academic figures on Friday.

"I hope Ferdowsi's ideals help the two countries to boost mutual understandings and motivate Oxford University researchers to have more serious literary and scientific co-operations with their Iranian counterparts," said the Iranian envoy to London at the ceremony.

Iran's cultural attache in London Ali-Mohammad Helmi praised Ferdowsi's magnum opus the Shahnameh, or 'The Book of Kings'.

"Shahnameh is one of the great masterpieces of the Persian language and literature which had a considerable influence on its subsequent literary works," Helmi said.

Ferdowsi is honored for his efforts to restore Iran's cultural traditions after the conquest of Iran in the seventh century.

He devoted over 35 years of his life to the creation of Shahnameh, which recounts Iran's mythical and historical past.

The romance of Zal and Rudaba, the Seven Stages (or Labors) of Rostam, Rostam and Sohrab, Siavash and Sudaba, the romance of Bizhan and Manizheh and Rostam and Esfandyar are among the most popular Shahnameh stories.

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