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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 6 438 3 88 113 113 37 74 1 9
open -1b - Bindings 3 104 3 8 28 20 11 22 12
open -1c - Frontispieces and Finispieces 11 258 16 60 105 43 7 14 4 5
open -1d - Preface 9 89 4 26 34 13 4 6 1 1
open 0 - Introduction 9 35 4 8 12 4 3 3 1
open 1 - Kayumars (30 years) 4 226 10 35 67 51 17 36 1 9
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) 26 325 15 68 92 71 30 39 1 8
open 6 - Faridun (500 years) 53 629 40 120 161 136 44 98 1 28
close 7 - Manuchihr (120 years) 80 894 75 122 233 220 89 124 3 28
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
021v Dorn 329              
024r Inju 1352              
037v Ms 54.60              
015r Ryl Pers 933              
0053 P. 3909, M. 493              
035v C 822              
033r Ms. Ta'rikh Farisi, no. 59              
020v Ms. or. fol. 4255              
052v Cod. pers. 8              
04 Cama              
156v H. 2153              
033r Ms. 25294              
051v S1986.58.1              
0061 Ms 2245              
063v Shah Tahmasp (Unknown Collections)              
018r 1556              
0073 10982 F              
030 2007 October 24, lot 30-31              
002r Ms 612-617, 2842-2873              
077v Eckstein Shahnama              
032r 13.228.11              
043r Lewis O. 52              
059v Lewis O. 50              
032v 13.228.14              
0080v Ms. no. 581              
037r 13.228.22              
025r Suppl. persan 490              
2.037v Ms. 28 (O)              
031v MS 266              
064 Ms 1946              
156v Dorn 333              
134r O 17/7250              
132v Ms. or. fol. 209              
031v 13.228.17              
030r Suppl. persan 1122              
004 700-715              
033v Lewis O. 51              
04 No. 700-715              
037r Cod. pers. 10              
035r Ms.o.117              
035v Ms 1551              
325r R 415a              
023v PNS 381              
032r Ms. Minutoli 134              
0073 P. 3916, M. K. 494              
024v M.540              
056v Ms 289              
045v Suppl. persan 1027              
113v Or. 1356 (10)              
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 22 2 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
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 135 5 23 26 34 14 27 1 5
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) 50 947 66 138 205 248 105 151 3 31
open 12b - Kay Kavus fights the King of Hamavaran 42 337 17 55 82 93 33 44 13
open 12c - Suhrab 52 575 26 90 139 162 49 84 1 23
open 12d - Siyavush 148 969 63 159 257 249 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) 97 515 42 66 138 122 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 75 511 35 77 121 122 39 91 2 24
open 13d - Rustam fights Akhvan Div 17 242 10 33 51 80 15 44 1 8
open 13e - Bizhan and Manizha 60 577 33 76 138 163 50 90 2 25
open 13f - The Twelve Rukhs 106 1050 79 187 266 246 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) 111 618 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) 118 697 67 90 175 175 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