The epic poem Shahnama or "Book of Kings," which was completed in 1010 CE by the poet Abu'l-Qasim Hasan Firdausi, narrates the history of what is known today as Iran and is the longest poem ever written by a single author. This important work of Persian literature is the focus of the Cambridge Shahnama Project, which offers scholars "a comprehensive collection of manuscripts of the Shahnama [...] together with a display of the miniature paintings in each one." Here, readers will find a searchable database of about 1,500 Shahnama manuscripts and single pages from around the world, along with approximately 12,000 images from within those manuscripts. This project "allows you to see and compare all the different depictions of a particular scene in the story, produced over a period of almost 600 years, and to look through the manuscripts held in different collections." The Shahnama Project, which thus far has been conducted in three phases beginning in 1999 and led to the formation of the The Cambridge Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies in 2010, is directed by Charles Melville, Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge.
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