Shabdiz (شبديز)
Relief in a wall, looking at the right-hand size of an armoured hose with a rider who carries a spear
Relief of a victorious Khosrow II mounted on Shabdiz; Taq-i Bostan[1]
Species Horse
Sex Male
Nation from Sasanian
Owner Khosrau II
Appearance black

Shabdiz (Persian: شبديزShabdēz,[1] lit. "night-colored", "black") was the legendary black stallion of Khosrau Parvez, one of the most famed Sassanid Persian kings (reigned 590 to 628CE). Shabdiz, meaning "midnight", was reputedly the "world's fastest horse"[2] according to ancient Persian literature. In Nizami's romantic epic Khosrau and Shirin, it is Khosrau's 'beloved' Shabdiz that whisks his future bride, Shirin, to meet him after Shirin has fallen in love with Khosrau's portrait.[3] A musician, Barbad, through a song - potentially risking his life - informed the king of Shabdiz's death.[4]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b Yarshater, Ehsan; Fisher, W. B. (1968). The Cambridge History of Iran. Cambridge University Press. p. 1087. ISBN 978-0-521-24693-4.
  2. ^ Islam and the Heroic Image by John Renard, page 208
  3. ^ Islam and the Heroic Image by John Renard, page 67
  4. ^ Browne, Edward Granville. A Literary History of Persia from the Earliest Times Until Firdawsí. Elibron, 1999. ISBN 1-4021-6045-3. p. 3.
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