Pishdadian dynasty

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Pishdadian (Persian : پیشدادیان) is the first dynasty of Iranian people in the Shahnameh , Avesta and Iranian mythology. The Pishdadian dynasty is said to have produced the first kings who ruled over the land of Persia. Some of the Pishdadian kings are said to have ruled for thousands of years.

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is a pluricentric language primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

<i>Shahnameh</i> long epic Persian poem written by Ferdowsi

The Shahnameh is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. Consisting of some 50,000 "distichs" or couplets, the Shahnameh is the world's longest epic poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Arab conquest of Iran in the 7th century. Modern Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and the greater region influenced by Persian culture celebrate this national epic.

Avesta Zoroastrianist scripture

The Avesta is the primary collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism, composed in the otherwise unrecorded Avestan language.


Pishdadi kings in Shahnameh

The Pishdadi kings are as follows:

  1. Keyumars
  2. Hushang
  3. Tahmuras
  4. Jamshid
  5. Zahhak
  6. Fereydun
  7. Īraj
  8. Manuchehr
  9. Nowzar
  10. Zaav or Zou
  11. Garshasp

Family tree

Mehrab Kaboli
Fereydun's Brother
Iraj's daughter


Amol, the capital Nowzar, Kai Kobad, Fereydun and Kai Khosrow. [1] [2]

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Fereydun, also pronounced and spelled Freydun, Faridon and Afridun, is the name of an Iranian mythical king and hero from the kingdom of Varena. He is known as an emblem of victory, justice, and generosity in the Persian literature.

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  1. Damavand MT
  2. The Early Rulers of Persia, Part I: The Pishdadian Dynasty