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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 11 223 1 2 17 95 54 27 27
open -2a - Bahmannama 2 50 2 1 19 11 7 9
open -2b - Barzunama 4 330 8 47 117 51 87 1 19
open -2c - Garshaspnama 2 88 3 2 10 47 1 10 15
open -1 - Preliminary materials 2 30 3 7 6 7 2 5
open -1a - Illuminations 6 439 3 88 113 113 37 74 1 10
open -1b - Bindings 3 104 3 8 28 20 11 22 12
open -1c - Frontispieces and Finispieces 11 259 17 60 105 43 7 14 4 5
open -1d - Preface 9 89 4 26 34 13 4 6 1 1
open 0 - Introduction 9 39 8 8 12 4 3 3 1
open 1 - Kayumars (30 years) 4 227 11 35 66 51 17 36 1 10
open 2 - Hushang (40 years) 4 15 2 1 2 3 3 4
open 3 - Tahmuras Div-band (30 years) 2 27 5 7 8 3 4
open 4 - Jamshid (700 years) 11 155 4 37 25 28 22 34 5
open 5 - Zahhak (1000 years) 26 326 15 68 92 71 30 39 1 9
open 6 - Faridun (500 years) 53 630 41 120 161 136 44 98 1 28
close 7 - Manuchihr (120 years) 80 896 76 122 233 220 89 124 3 29
close Manuchihr enthroned open 28 1 4 5 6 3 8 1
close The birth of Zal open 11 1 2 5 1 1 1
close The Simurgh carries Zal to her nest open 15 1 1 4 1 4 3 1
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 1 3 1 1
close The Simurgh bids farewell to Sam's son open 56 6 8 19 12 5 5 1
close The Simurgh brings Zal to Sam open 39 2 13 13 5 6
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 23 3 1 4 9 2 2 2
close Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up open 53 1 5 12 20 2 12 1
close Rudaba and Zal together open 58 9 10 15 11 5 7 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 10 4 3 2 1
close Mihrab hears of Zal open 9 1 4 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 136 5 23 26 34 14 27 1 6
close Sam sees Rustam's portrait open 6 1 1 1 3
close Sam visits Zal and Rustam open 25 7 2 5 6 3 1 1
close Rustam kills Zal's white elephant open 115 6 16 24 36 13 16 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) 37 211 13 26 59 53 23 29 6
open 9 - Zav son of Tahmasp (5 years) 2 12 4 3 3 1 1
open 10 - Garshasp (9 years) 9 169 15 19 50 35 13 24 1 12
open 11 - Kay Qubad (100 years) 10 173 12 28 42 53 9 22 2 5
open 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years) 50 952 70 138 205 248 105 151 3 32
open 12b - Kay Kavus fights the King of Hamavaran 42 337 17 55 82 93 33 44 13
open 12c - Suhrab 52 576 26 90 139 162 49 84 1 24
open 12d - Siyavush 148 968 62 159 257 249 62 141 3 35
open 12e - Kay Khusrau comes to Iran 103 499 26 81 126 122 50 73 4 17
open 13 - Kay Khusrau (60 years) 97 514 42 66 137 122 46 86 2 13
open 13b - Kamus-i Kashani 75 531 36 63 148 151 30 84 2 17
open 13c - Rustam and the Khaqan-i Chin 75 513 35 77 121 122 40 91 2 25
open 13d - Rustam fights Akhvan Div 17 243 10 33 51 80 15 44 1 9
open 13e - Bizhan and Manizha 60 579 35 76 138 163 50 90 2 25
open 13f - The Twelve Rukhs 106 1051 79 187 266 247 59 169 1 43
open 13g - The Great War between Kay Khusrau and Afrasiyab 151 899 47 158 231 209 62 140 4 48
open 14 - Luhrasp (120 years) 42 395 28 72 124 90 17 47 17
open 15 - Gushtasp (120 years) 224 1977 156 251 493 524 134 343 76
open 16 - Bahman son of Isfandiyar (99 years) 14 53 4 6 14 16 6 7
open 17 - Humay (32 years) 17 74 7 10 19 15 6 12 5
open 18 - Darab (12 years) 14 15 4 2 2 3 4
open 19 - Dara son of Darab (14 years) 16 226 4 31 67 60 14 38 12
open 20 - Iskandar (14 years) 98 653 77 97 148 159 53 84 1 34
open 21 - The Ashkanians (200 years) 44 199 27 27 55 48 9 21 12
open 22  - The Sassanians: Ardashir Babakan (42 years) 14 111 15 25 30 24 2 11 4
open 22* - Shapur son of Ardashir (31 years) 3 32 1 2 8 10 7 4
open 23 - Urmuzd son of Shapur (1 year, 2 months) 3 4 1 3
open 24 - Bahram son of Urmuzd (3 years, 3 months, 3 days) 3 5 1 2 2
open 25 - Bahram son of Bahram (19 years) 1 4 1 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 3 1 1 1
open 29 - Shapur Zul-aktaf (72 years) 32 153 11 26 42 48 8 14 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 62 99 99 25 37 1 12
open 35 - Bahram Gur (1) (63 years) 59 377 55 52 89 89 26 52 14
open 35b - Bahram Gur (2) 40 219 28 29 58 57 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) 1 2 1 1
open 38 - Piruz son of Yazdagird (11 years, 4 months) 10 20 5 4 7 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) 14 67 10 13 14 22 2 4 2
open 41 - Kisra Anushirvan (48 years) 112 618 69 87 164 157 23 76 42
open 42 - Hurmuzd (14 years) 54 295 31 38 73 69 14 47 1 22
open 43 - Khusrau Parviz (38 years) 118 696 67 90 174 175 36 100 2 52
open 44 - Qubad son of Parviz (7 months) 26 132 11 13 35 30 8 28 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) 24 182 7 27 32 62 15 31 1 7