Paper Information

Journal:   LITERARY STUDIES   SPRING 2012 , Volume 45 , Number 1 (176); Page(s) 65 To 73.
 
Paper: 

“MAR” (مر) OR “MAN” (من)? A SUGGESTION ON THE EMENDATION OF A VERSE IN THE SHAH-NAME

 
 
Author(s):  MOWLAI CHANGIZ*
 
* UNIVERSITY OF TABRIZ
 
Abstract: 

One of the important and fundamental problems relating to the emendation of the old texts which has many claims to our attention is the recognition of the pseudo-archaic forms of the words in the manuscripts. Such readings, because of their tempting forms, sometimes, mislead the editors in identifying the original one. The reading of "mar-in" (مر اين) in the second line of the first couplet excerpted from the Shah-name is one of such pseudo-archaic forms:


اگرکشته گشتی تو در چنگ اوی/ مر این گرز و این مغفر کینه جوی
چگونه کشیدی به مازندران/ کمند و کمان تیر و گرز گران

Amongst twelve manuscripts of the Shah-name used by Dr. Khaleghi-Motlagh in editing the second volume, the reading of "mar-in" has been recorded only in Florence manuscript and the editor has opted for this form as a lectio difficilior, whereas other original manuscripts (including the recently discovered manuscript in the Oriental Library of Saint Joseph University NC. 43, Beirut) instead of "mar-in" have "man-in” (من اين) whose correctness and genuineness is confirmed by various evidences reported and commented on in the present article.

 
Keyword(s): SHAH-NAME, “MAR-IN”, “MAN-IN”, EMENDATION
 
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