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The list of chapters follows the sequence found in Mohl's edition (1838-78), which were later given an alpha-numerical designation by Fritz Wolff (1935). There are some peculiarities: first, Shapur son of Ardashir is numbered 22* and number 30 was overlooked by mistake. These irregularities are smoothed out in the edition of Dabir-Siyaqi (1956), which otherwise follows Wolff's scheme. More recent editions (Bertel's et al.; Khaleghi-Motlagh) do not give numbers to the chapters, only titles. These have been assigned numbers for the purposes of the Project. A useful concordance of chapters and page numbers in the different editions can be found in Kumiko Yamamoto's The oral background of Persian epics (Leiden, 2003), pp. xiv-xviii.

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open -2 - Other epics 11 193 1 2 17 95 54 23 1
open -2a - Bahmannama 2 51 2 1 20 11 7 9
open -2b - Barzunama 4 326 8 46 114 51 87 1 19
open -2c - Garshaspnama 2 83 3 2 10 42 1 10 15
open -1 - Preliminary materials 2 20 2 7 3 2 2 4
open -1a - Illuminations 6 404 3 87 107 101 36 61 1 8
open -1b - Bindings 3 85 3 8 25 16 9 20 4
open -1c - Frontispieces and Finispieces 13 255 17 60 103 43 5 14 4 5
open -1d - Preface 9 86 4 26 31 13 4 6 1 1
open 0 - Introduction 9 35 7 7 10 4 3 3 1
open 1 - Kayumars (30 years) 4 220 11 36 63 49 17 33 1 10
open 2 - Hushang (40 years) 4 14 2 2 3 3 4
open 3 - Tahmuras Div-band (30 years) 2 27 5 7 8 3 4
open 4 - Jamshid (700 years) 11 149 4 34 24 29 22 31 5
open 5 - Zahhak (1000 years) 26 312 15 63 89 70 30 37 1 6
open 6 - Faridun (500 years) 53 615 41 119 157 135 44 93 1 24
open 7 - Manuchihr (120 years) 87 886 78 123 229 217 89 117 3 30
open 8 - Nauzar (7 years) 37 207 14 26 58 51 23 27 6
open 9 - Zav son of Tahmasp (5 years) 2 12 4 3 3 1 1
open 10 - Garshasp (9 years) 9 166 15 19 48 34 13 24 1 12
open 11 - Kay Qubad (100 years) 10 166 12 27 39 50 9 22 2 5
open 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years) 50 937 70 134 203 244 104 147 3 32
open 12b - Kay Kavus fights the King of Hamavaran 42 331 18 54 80 92 32 42 13
open 12c - Suhrab 55 573 28 92 137 160 50 80 1 24
open 12d - Siyavush 149 942 62 158 252 240 62 132 3 33
open 12e - Kay Khusrau comes to Iran 103 487 26 81 125 117 50 69 4 15
open 13 - Kay Khusrau (60 years) 97 505 42 65 134 122 46 81 2 13
open 13b - Kamus-i Kashani 75 521 37 61 147 145 30 82 2 17
open 13c - Rustam and the Khaqan-i Chin 78 512 37 76 123 120 40 89 2 25
open 13d - Rustam fights Akhvan Div 17 235 10 32 49 76 15 43 1 9
open 13e - Bizhan and Manizha 60 565 36 75 131 159 50 88 2 24
open 13f - The Twelve Rukhs 107 1044 79 192 260 245 59 167 1 41
open 13g - The Great War between Kay Khusrau and Afrasiyab 151 892 48 159 226 205 62 140 4 48
open 14 - Luhrasp (120 years) 46 389 29 71 125 86 15 47 16
close 15 - Gushtasp (120 years) 224 1922 159 229 484 514 134 331 71
close Luhrasp assassinated (mispl) open 2 1 1
close Firdausi sees Daqiqi in a dream open 1 1
close Luhrasp goes to Balkh and retires from the throne open 1 1
close Gushtasp enthroned open 21 9 7 1 3 1
close Gushtasp receives Zardusht and converts to the new faith open 6 1 1 3 1
Gushtasp rejects the demand for tribute by Arjasp open 0
close Arjasp writes to Gushtasp open 3 3
close Arjasp sends an envoy to Gushtasp open 1 1
Zarir replies to Arjasp open 0
close Arjasp's envoys return with Gushtasp's reply open 1 1
close Gushtasp assembles his army open 1 1
close Jamasp discusses the outcome of the fight with Gushtasp open 2 1 1
close The battle between Gushtasp and Arjasp open 11 1 3 1 2 4
close The start of the battle between the armies of Gushtasp and Arjasp open 10 1 2 3 1 3
close Garami son of Jamasp attacking the enemy open 3 1 1 1
close Garami son of Jamasp seizes the Iranian standard but is killed open 6 1 2 3
close Bastur son of Zarir attacks the Turanians open 1 1
close Nivzar dies in battle open 4 2 1 1
close Zarir attacks Arjasp's army open 3 1 1 1
Arjasp seeks volunteers to fight Zarir open 0
Bidarafsh volunteers to fight Zarir open 0
close Bidarafsh kills Zarir, the brother of Gushtasp open 23 2 3 6 3 3 5 1
close Isfandiyar's father summons him open 3 1 1 1
close Isfandiyar goes to war against Arjasp open 3 1 2
close Nastur challenges the Turanians open 1 1
close Isfandiyar kills Bidarafsh open 36 1 5 10 11 3 5 1
close Arjasp flees from the battlefield open 5 1 2 2
close Isfandiyar pardons the Turks open 1 1
Gushtasp returns to Balkh open 0
Gushtasp sends Isfandiyar to spread Zoroastrianism open 0
Gurazm slanders Isfandiyar open 0
close Jamasp comes to Isfandiyar open 1 1
close Gushtasp puts Isfandiyar in chains open 42 7 10 15 6 4
close Gushtasp goes to Sistan and fights Arjasp again open 3 1 2
close Gushtasp received in Sistan by Zal and Rustam open 2 1 1
close Firdausi reproaches Daqiqi open 1 1
The horsemen of Arjasp fight Luhrasp open 0
close The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp open 32 7 3 6 5 3 7 1
close Arjasp's army sacks Balkh open 4 2 2
close Gushtasp learns about the killing of Luhrasp open 2 2
close Arjasp defeats Gushtasp open 8 3 2 2 1
close Arjasp flees from Gushtasp in combat open 6 1 3 2
close Jamasp releases Isfandiyar open 14 4 1 4 3 1 1
close Isfandiyar finds his brother Farshidvard open 3 1 2
close Isfandiyar before Gushtasp open 1 1
close Isfandiyar fights the Turanians open 3 1 1 1
close Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar open 52 9 7 14 9 4 7 2
close Gurgsar brought captive before Isfandiyar open 5 1 2 1 1
close Gushtasp sends Isfandiyar to war against Arjasp a second time open 3 3
close Sultan Mahmud holds court open 3 2 1
close Isfandiyar questions Gurgsar about the Brazen Fortress open 2 1 1
close Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves open 76 6 13 12 21 4 16 4
close Isfandiyar gives thanks for God for helping him to kill the wolves open 2 1 1
close Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions open 95 7 11 23 27 6 16 5
close Isfandiyar bathes in the river after his second labour open 2 1 1
close   Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon open 126 11 14 24 42 9 22 4
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307v Ms. 57 G              
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049r 793              
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III.389              
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013 Ms. 919              
close Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress open 85 9 11 15 25 7 14 4
close Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh open 116 10 19 30 25 9 20 3
close Isfandiyar's sixth labour: he escapes from a snow storm open 28 6 2 4 8 2 6
close Isfandiyar in consultation with Gurgsar open 2 1 1
Isfandiyar in Ruyin Dizh (CHECK ?DUPL) open 0
close Isfandiyar's seventh labour: Gurgsar leads him across the lake to Ruyin Dizh (the Brazen Hold) open 8 3 3 2
close Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour open 20 1 4 11 1 3
close Isfandiyar reaches Ruyin Dizh open 1 1
close Isfandiyar disguised as a merchant before Arjasp open 6 1 2 2 1
close Isfandiyar's sisters recognize him in merchant's clothes open 13 1 1 4 2 2 2 1
close Pashutan attacks Ruyin Dizh open 1 1
close Nush-Azar kills Tarkhan open 6 1 3 2
close Isfandiyar besieges Arjasp's fortress open 7 1 3 1 1 1
close Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters open 84 5 5 25 30 3 15 1
close Arjasp's head is flung from the Brazen Hold open 2 2
close Kuhram returns to Arjasp's fortress open 2 1 1
close The battle between the forces of Isfandiyar and Kuhram open 7 2 3 1 1
close Isfandiyar throws Kuhram from his saddle open 16 1 4 3 4 3 1
close The massacre of the defeated Turanian forces open 1 1
close The execution of Kuhram and Andariman open 8 1 3 3 1
Isfandiyar writes to Gushtasp and receives his reply open 0
close Isfandiyar returns home after his exploits open 1 1
Isfandiyar comes to Gushtasp (CHECK LINES) open 0
close Gushtasp receives Isfandiyar on his return from the Haft Khvan open 6 1 1 2 2
Introducing the story of the battle of Rustam and Isfandiyar open 0
close Gushtasp consults with Arjasp over the fate of Isfandiyar open 1 1
close Isfandiyar demands the kingdom from his father Gushtasp open 5 2 2 1
close Gushtasp replies to his son, Isfandiyar open 2 1 1
close Katayun gives advice to Isfandiyar open 1 1
close Isfandiyar on the march to Zabul open 4 1 1 1 1
Isfandiyar sends Bahman to talk to Rustam open 0
close Zal greets Bahman open 5 1 1 3
close Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman open 68 2 12 24 18 4 6 2
close Bahman delivers Isfandiyar's message to Rustam open 14 1 1 5 3 1 3
close Rustam sending his answer to Bahman open 1 1
close Bahman returns to Isfandiyar open 2 1 1
close Rustam and Isfandiyar parley open 23 3 2 7 7 3 1
Isfandiyar does not offer hospitality to Rustam open 0
close Rustam boasts about his exploits and his lineage open 2 1 1
close Isfandiyar apologises for not inviting Rustam open 3 1 1 1
close Rustam boasts again of his lineage open 5 1 2 2
close Isfandiyar belittles the lineage of Rustam open 1 1
close Isfandiyar boasts about his own lineage open 3 1 1 1
close Rustam boasts about his strength open 17 3 3 4 2 1 3 1
close Rustam feasts with Isfandiyar open 13 4 1 2 2 3 1
Rustam argues with Isfandiyar during the feast (CHECK) open 0
close Rustam meets Isfandiyar (?) open 1 1
close Rustam addresses Isfandiyar's tent open 1 1
close Isfandiyar discusses the coming conflict with Rustam with his brother Pashutan open 4 1 2 1
close Rustam returns to his quarters open 1 1
Zal counsels Rustam open 0
close Rustam boasts before his trial of strength with Isfandiyar open 3 3
close The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar open 45 5 9 8 13 3 6 1
Isfandiyar shoots Rustam and Rakhsh (DUPL) open 0
close Zavara and Faramarz kill Isfandiyar's sons Nush-Azar and Mihr-i Nush open 24 3 4 8 1 8
close Rustam and Rakhsh wounded by the arrows of Isfandiyar open 18 2 2 5 4 1 3 1
close Rustam retreats from his first battle with Isfandiyar open 12 4 1 1 1 2 2 1
Rustam seeks counsel from his kinsmen open 0
close Zal summons the Simurgh to restore Rakhsh and Rustam to health open 8 1 2 1 3 1
close The Simurgh heals Rustam's wounds open 13 3 2 5 1 1 1
close The Simurgh healing Rakhsh's wounds open 10 1 3 4 1 1
close The Simurgh tells Rustam how to overcome Isfandiyar open 1 1
Isfandiyar and Pashutan discuss the coming fight with Rustam open 0
close Rustam and Isfandiyar fight again open 6 1 1 2 1 1
close Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow open 254 14 37 75 66 10 43 9
close The dying Isfandiyar advises Rustam open 8 1 4 1 1 1
Rustam with the dying Isfandiyar (DUPL) open 0
close Isfandiyar mourned open 25 6 2 6 4 2 2 3
Rustam sends Bahman back to Iran open 0
close Introducing the story of Rustam and Shaghad open 2 2
Rustam goes to Kabul to see his brother open 0
close The King of Kabul digs a pit in the hunting grounds to trap Rustam and Zavara open 2 1 1
close Rustam and Zavara fall into the trap open 1 1
close Rustam falls into a pit open 11 1 1 5 1 3
close Rustam kills Shaghad before dying open 220 12 29 59 64 12 36 8
close Zal learns of Rustam's death open 3 1 2
close The ablution and annointment of Rustam's body open 1 1
close Faramarz mourns Rustam and Zavara open 6 1 1 3 1
close Faramarz leads his army against the Shah of Kabul open 7 2 1 1 2 1
close Faramarz burns Shaghad's body open 4 1 3
close An attendant snatches the snake from the delirious Rudaba open 1 1
The servant takes away the snake from Rudaba (DUPL) open 0
close The coronation of Bahman open 3 1 1 1
open 16 - Bahman son of Isfandiyar (99 years) 16 57 4 4 13 20 7 7 2
open 17 - Humay (32 years) 17 73 7 10 19 14 6 12 5
open 18 - Darab (12 years) 14 15 4 2 2 3 4
open 19 - Dara son of Darab (14 years) 16 218 3 28 66 60 14 36 11
open 20 - Iskandar (14 years) 98 632 76 84 148 154 53 82 1 34
open 21 - The Ashkanians (200 years) 44 191 27 20 55 48 9 21 11
open 22  - The Sassanians: Ardashir Babakan (42 years) 14 102 15 18 30 22 2 11 4
open 22* - Shapur son of Ardashir (31 years) 3 29 1 1 8 8 7 4
open 23 - Urmuzd son of Shapur (1 year, 2 months) 3 3 3
open 24 - Bahram son of Urmuzd (3 years, 3 months, 3 days) 3 4 2 2
open 25 - Bahram son of Bahram (19 years) 1 3 2 1
open 26 - Bahram Bahramiyan (4 months) 2 4 2 1 1
open 27 - Narsi son of Bahram (9 years) 2 4 2 1 1
open 28 - Urmuzd son of Narsi (9 years) 2 2 1 1
open 29 - Shapur Zul-aktaf (72 years) 32 145 11 23 38 48 8 13 4
30 - Unnamed Chapter 0 0
open 31 - Ardashir the Good (12 years) 2 2 2
open 32 - Shapur son of Shapur (5 years, 4 months) 2 4 1 2 1
open 33 - Bahram son of Shapur (14 years) 1 5 1 1 2 1
open 34 - Yazdagird the Sinner (21 years) 23 358 23 59 99 102 25 37 1 12
open 35 - Bahram Gur (1) (63 years) 62 368 55 45 90 88 26 50 14
open 35b - Bahram Gur (2) 40 213 29 25 57 55 15 22 1 8
open 36 - Yazdagird son of Bahram Gur (18 years) 2 5 4 1
open 37 - Hurmuz son of Yazdagird (1 year, 1 month) 2 2 1 1
open 38 - Piruz son of Yazdagird (11 years, 4 months) 10 19 5 4 6 4
open 39 - Balash son of Piruz (5 years, 1 month, 6 days) 13 19 2 1 9 4 1 1 1
open 40 - Qubad son of Piruz (40 years) 24 65 10 10 14 23 2 4 2
open 41 - Kisra Anushirvan (48 years) 116 597 71 70 165 152 23 75 41
open 42 - Hurmuzd (14 years) 57 290 31 34 74 66 14 46 1 24
open 43 - Khusrau Parviz (38 years) 118 677 68 85 170 170 36 96 2 50
open 44 - Qubad son of Parviz (7 months) 26 127 11 11 33 30 8 27 7
open 45 - Ardashir Shiruy (6 months) 4 7 1 3 2 1
open 46 - Farayin Guraz (50 days) 3 6 2 2 1 1
open 47 - Purandukht (6 months) 4 3 1 1 1
open 48 - Azarmdukht (4 months) 2 0
open 49 - Farrukhzad (1 month) 2 1 1
open 50 - Yazdagird (16 years) 24 179 7 26 29 65 15 29 1 7