Book Talk: Lament for Siavash by Shahrokh Meskoob

Thu April 25th 2024, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Event Sponsor
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
In-person at Stanford (RSVP for location)

Dr. Mahasti Afshar presents her recent translation of Lament for Siavash (Mage Publishers, 2024), the English translation of Sūg-e Siavash by Shahrokh Meskoob, originally published in Persian in 1971. The book is an exegesis of the story of the death of Siavash and his resurrection as Kay Khosrow in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, and its variant treatment across Iranian mythology, epic, religious, and mystical traditions.

Mahasti Afshar

Born in Tehran, Mahasti Afshar (Ziai) earned a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indo-European folklore and mythology at Harvard in 1988; her dissertation was titled “The Immortal Hound: Genesis and Transformation of a Symbol in Indo-Iranian Traditions.” In 1989, she joined the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles where she produced video documentaries, books, and museum exhibitions around the world on humanity’s cultural heritage.

Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

The Stanford Bookstore we will be present at this event from 6:00-7:00 PM with copies Dr. Afshar's book for those interested in purchasing a copy.

If you need a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact us at iranianstudies [at] (iranianstudies[at]stanford[dot]edu).  Requests should be made by April 17, 2024.