Roshan Initiative aims to digitize epic poem, other Persian literature

The Persian epic Shahnameh, which translates roughly to “Book of Kings,” dates back to the 10th or 11th century. But thanks to the University of Maryland’s Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities, students, researchers and interested readers will soon be able to enjoy its stories in new ways.

The epic poem, likely a mix of myth, legend and some historical details, provides a foundation for Persian culture, said Matthew Thomas Miller, the associate director of the Roshan initiative. It is just one of the texts the project will open access to through its digital library, funded in part through the university’s crowdfunding site, Launch UMD. Miller hopes the project will function as a “go-to place” for Persian literature.


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