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Persian literature 

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Touraj DaryaeeTouraj Daryaee

Surviving literary texts in Middle *Persian are mainly the product of *Zoroastrian priests and so they are coloured by a religious outlook. Secular notions rarely appear, although some texts are less theological than others. There was certainly a larger amount of Middle Persian literature in various genres, but because of the disadvantages suffered by the Zoroastrian community in subsequent ages, only those books that were of importance for the religion and for communal solidarity were copied by the priests and the rest were lost. Personal choice and taste were also to preserve some of the rarer texts that do survive. The surviving texts are, however, diverse enough to give us an understanding of Persian mentalities, views of the Persian view of life, religion, and the cosmos according to men. One can divide the Middle Persian corpus into eight categories.... ...

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