BAHRĀM(-E) PAŽDŪ, Parsi poet of the 7th/13th century and father of the famous Parsi poet Zardošt(-e) Bahrām (2nd half of 7th/13th century, author of the Zardošt-nāma). Zardošt mentions his departed father in his versified Persian Ardā Wīrāf-nāma (ed. ʿAfīfī, p. 20 v. 389) as a man of letters (adīb; variant reading ṭabīb “physician”), hērbad, astrologer, and well versed in the Dari and Pahlavi languages. Bahrām’s only surviving work is a Persian poem of 330 distichs in the hazaj meter entitled Bahārīyat, completed 14 Esfandārmad 626 yazdegerdī (655/1257). It contains a description of the beauty of spring and Nowrūz and praise of the kings who had propagated the Zoroastrian religion and of its leaders, the righteous deceased, the prophet Zoroaster, as well as those who remember the poet and copy his poem. However, it has little literary merit and is poorly composed.
The only surviving manuscript of the Bahārīyat is included in a codex in the Public Library, Leningrad (see Rosenberg, introd., pp. iii and ix). The codex contains 512 folios and was copied between 1064-66/1653-55. The Bahārīyat covers fols. 219v-223v (being preceded by the Ardā Wīrāf-nāma) and bears the date 1065/1654.
Zardošt Bahrām Paždū, Ardā Wīrāf-nāma-ye manẓūm, ed. R. ʿAfīfī, Mašhad, 1343 Š./1965, Fr. Rosenberg, Le livre de Zoroastre, St. Petersburg, 1904.
Dr. L. Smirnova kindly provided copies of some folios of the manuscript.
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Originally Published: December 15, 1988
Last Updated: August 24, 2011
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