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Title: A Shahnama passage in an Achaemenid context
Author(s): JAMZADEH, Parivash
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 39 Date: 2004
The story of the accession of Kai-Khusru to the throne, as related in the Shâhnâma reflects elements and episodes that would seem to originate from an Achaemenid milieu. The period of Xerxes' reign (486-465 BC) and the circumstances influencing his appointment as the crown prince, seem to form the background to this section. Moreover, contents of two of his inscriptions find close parallels in the messages discerned from this story.
This paper in pointing out the similarities argues for the transference of the motifs mainly through the medium of minstrel poetry with some affectations from the lore of the clergy.