March 8 1010 – Persian Poet Ferdowsi Completes the Epic Shahnameh

March 8 1010 – Persian Poet Ferdowsi Completes the Epic ShahnamehRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Throughout the history of civilization, humans have been known to relate important lessons or describe ancient history using words. While Western societies might point to the Greek author Homer as a father of the literary medium, Persians would identify Ferdowsi or Firdausi as the chief architect of their tradition, pointing in particular to his epic poem Shahnameh, finished on March 8, 1010. Loosely translated as “Book of Kings,” it offers an account of the twists and turns of Persia from the beginning of time until his day. Born around 940, Ferdowsi grew up […]

March 8, 1917: the February Revolution began in Russia

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March 8, 1917: the February Revolution began in RussiaRate this post The revolution began when riots and strikes started in Petrograd over the shortage of food. Though it began in March, it was named as the February Revolution because of the Julian calendar that Russians still used at the time. The rule of the Czar was highly unpopular and by the start of 1917, many Russians had lost faith in the leadership qualities of the Czar. The Russian parliament was established after the Revolution of 1905; however, Czar Nicholas would dissolve it whenever it went against his will. But another significant cause for the start of the revolution was Russia’s […]