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Persian Literature & The West, Part VI

Posted in Germany, Iran, Literature, Persian, Persian literature, Poetry by homeyra on December 4, 2006

Where Nietzsche speaks about the Persian notion of history and cyclical Eternal Time, he writes: “I must pay tribute to Zarathustra, a Persian, for Persians were the first who thought of history in its full entirety.”…”It was much more fortunate if Persians became masters (Herr) of the Greeks, than the very Romans.”

Goethe‘s admiration for Hafez and his “Oriental” wisdom has been the main source of attracting Nietzsche’s interest in this Persian poet.

The first western country who began to study the Iranian literature and appreciate it was Germany. The German scholars were in touch with Persian literature and poetry through the translation of Sa’adi’s Gulistan and Bustan in 17th century.
Germany acquired a far better appreciation and understanding of the East than France and England. The scholars and poets of Germany were looking for inspiration from other sources than those offerd by Greek classics and mythology. They studied with zeal the literature of the East.

See Part V, sources in Part I


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  1. naj said, on December 5, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    salam aziz,

    I couldn’t get he controversy today, but check out what I posted. I thought it was CUTE! A little woman visiting zoorkhuneh!

  2. peoplesgeography said, on December 6, 2006 at 9:55 am

    Interesting, didn’t know that. So now we know the Germans are up there with the Spaniards in European appreciation of Persian culture 😉

  3. homeyra said, on December 6, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    🙂 Yes! though more passion and drama on the South side!

  4. Bijan said, on December 9, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Nice blog! Like it very much.

  5. homeyra said, on December 9, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you Bijan! you are welcome anytime:)

  6. Curtis said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:31 am

    Recently I was doing a post about the history of coffee and the coffee trade when I came across some information about Zakariya Razi, the great Persian physician-philosopher. It appears that he was perhaps the first writer to document medicinal use of the coffee bean. I was totally amazed at the amount of novelty, genius, and insight in his work, as well as with the sheer volume of it…why is it, I wondered, that physicians today take a Hippocratic Oath and not a Razi Oath? Truly remarkable.

  7. homeyra said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:47 am

    Hi C, I read your post about coffee, and was also surprised to find Razi’s portrait on your blog. Another interesting scientific (as well as poetic) personality is Khayyam. I will try later to post something about him.

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