This textbook is designed for students enrolled in the program "Language and Literature of Iran" who have already mastered the basics of the modern Persian language. The corpus of texts in classical Persian is one of the most important source-study bases for Iranian philology, and a fundamental study of classical Persian in theoretical and practical aspects is of great importance for the students who aim to specialize in this field. Meanwhile, the specific features of the classical language are usually noted in a list attached to the grammars of modern Persian; there are still no special manuals or textbooks combining the grammar topics with rich illustrative material. Our book on Classic Persian is a guide for students who read and translate a lot of monuments of Persian poetry and prose within the curriculum of the "Language and Literature of Iran" program. It will instill in them the skills of philological analysis they need to succeed in their profession.
The textbook consists of an introduction, thirty-three lessons and Appendix. Each lesson includes a main text (a fragment of Persian poetry or prose of the 9th – 15th cc.), provided with lexical and grammatical commentary, a grammar theme extensively illustrated with examples, one or two exercises on the grammar of the lesson, and additional text intended for students’ homework. The Appendix provides essential information on the metrics of aruz and patterns of rhyme used in Persian poetry; it gives basic metric paradigms for all the poems included in the lessons’ texts.