Death of Yazdgerd

Death of Yazdgerd

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A play by Bahram Beyzaie, translated by Manuchehr Anvar.

“...Thereupon Yazdgerd fled towards Marv and sought
refuge in a watermill. The miller, longing for His
treasures, killed Him in sleep... [AD 651].”

The book is based on the murder of Yazdgerd III, the last emperor of Sasanian Persia, who while being hard pressed by the Arabs on his western flank, fled to Marv where he was slain in a mill, in which he had been taking refuge.

The story begins with the Zoroastrian high priest (magus) of the Persian Empire, accompanied by the imperial army commander entering the mill to try the miller accused of murdering the emperor. The miller, his wife and his daughter, while trying to exculpate themselves, all express a different version of the same incident. As the story shifts, more questions come up than are answered.

Language: English

Paperback : 136 pages

Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.25 x 8.5 inches

Publisher: Bisheh Publishing

The publication of this book was made possible in part by the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University.