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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 36 7 8 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) 26 313 15 64 89 70 30 37 1 6
open 6 - Faridun (500 years) 53 617 41 121 157 135 44 93 1 24
close 7 - Manuchihr (120 years) 87 887 78 124 229 217 89 117 3 30
close Manuchihr enthroned open 28 1 4 5 7 3 7 1
close The birth of Zal open 10 1 2 4 1 1 1
close The Simurgh carries Zal to her nest open 17 1 1 5 1 4 3 2
close Sam dreams of his son open 4 2 1 1
close Sam recognizes his son Zal in the Simurgh's nest open 11 5 2 2 1 1
close Sam asks the Simurgh to return Zal open 58 7 8 19 13 5 5 1
close The Simurgh brings Zal to Sam open 38 2 13 13 5 5
close Sam brings Zal from mountains open 7 4 2 1
close Sam introduces Zal to Nauzar open 4 1 3
close Prince Zal is presented to Manuchihr open 13 2 3 5 2 1
close Sam approaches Manuchihr open 2 1 1
close Zal returns to Zabulistan open 1 1
close Zal enthroned open 3 2 1
close Zal meets Mihrab of Kabul open 13 1 5 4 3
close Rudaba consults her maids open 2 1 1
close Rudaba's maids pay Zal a visit open 2 2
close Zal shoots fowl open 12 2 1 3 1 4 1
close Zal by Rudaba's castle open 20 4 7 4 2 2 1
close The maids return to Rudaba and describe Zal for her open 3 2 1
close Zal sees Rudaba on the roof of her palace open 21 3 1 4 8 2 1 2
close Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up open 52 1 5 11 20 2 12 1
close Rudaba and Zal together open 57 9 11 15 10 5 6 1
close Zal consults the mobads about Rudaba open 1 1
close Zal writes to Sam open 3 1 1 1
close Sam consults the mobads about Zal open 1 1
close Sindukht learns of Zal and Rudaba open 9 4 3 1 1
close Mihrab hears of Zal open 8 1 3 1 1 2
close Manuchihr learns about Zal and Rudaba open 9 3 3 1 1 1
close Sam before Manuchihr open 14 4 5 5
close Sam goes to fight Mihrab open 2 2
close Sam receives Zal (CHECK) open 2 1 1
close Zal goes as an envoy to Manuchihr open 7 1 1 2 2 1
close Mihrab gets angry with Sindukht open 3 2 1
close Sam receives Sindukht as envoy from the King of Kabul open 16 3 3 5 2 1 1 1
Sindukht returns to Kabul open 0
close Manuchihr and Zal open 7 2 1 2 1 1
close The mobads question Zal open 9 2 2 5
close Zal solves the riddles open 6 1 4 1
close Zal displays his skills before Manuchihr open 29 7 2 8 2 3 7
close Sam receives Manuchihr's reply about Zal open 2 2
close   Zal comes to Sam in Kabul open 6 1 1 3 1
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close Sam and Zal leaving for Kabul to meet Rudaba and her family open 4 2 2
close Sindukht meets Sam open 13 1 3 4 3 2
close Zal marries Rudaba open 48 1 5 20 12 4 5 1
close Sam celebrates Zal's marriage in Sistan open 2 1 1
close Zal bestows the kingship of Zabulistan on his son Zal open 1 1
close The birth of Rustam open 126 4 23 25 29 14 24 1 6
close The infant Rustam on horseback open 6 1 3 2
close Sam sees Rustam's portrait open 5 1 1 1 2
close Sam visits Zal and Rustam open 26 8 2 5 6 3 1 1
close Rustam kills Zal's white elephant open 114 6 16 24 36 13 15 4
close Rustam rides to Kuh-i Sipand open 4 1 2 1
close Rustam fights Mihtar, kotwal of Kuh-i Sipand open 19 1 3 7 3 5
close Rustam writes a victory message to Zal open 2 1 1
close Zal writes to Sam about Rustam's victory open 2 2
close Manuchihr appoints Nauzar before dying open 3 2 1
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) 10 167 12 28 39 50 9 22 2 5
open 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years) 50 939 70 136 203 244 104 147 3 32
open 12b - Kay Kavus fights the King of Hamavaran 42 332 18 55 80 92 32 42 13
open 12c - Suhrab 55 573 28 92 137 160 50 80 1 24
open 12d - Siyavush 149 943 62 159 252 240 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) 97 507 42 67 134 122 46 81 2 13
open 13b - Kamus-i Kashani 75 524 37 64 147 145 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
open 15 - Gushtasp (120 years) 224 1922 159 229 484 514 134 331 71
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) 16 219 3 28 67 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) 14 103 15 18 31 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) 23 359 23 59 100 102 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) 40 214 29 25 58 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) 116 598 71 70 166 152 23 75 41
open 42 - Hurmuzd (14 years) 57 290 31 34 74 66 14 46 1 24
open 43 - Khusrau Parviz (38 years) 118 678 68 85 171 170 36 96 2 50
open 44 - Qubad son of Parviz (7 months) 26 128 11 11 34 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