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Today is Omar Khayyam’s 965th birthday!

May 18, 2013


On May 18th 1048, the historical Omar Khayyam was born in Nishapur, in the east of present day Iran.  So today would be his 965th birthday.  It is an occasion for all of us to celebrate his life and his link, what ever it may be, with the verses of the Rubaiyat which have come down to us, and give us so much stimulus and pleasure.

We hope that you will be able to mark the day in an appropriate and special way.  We also send greetings to our friends in Iran on what they have nominated as Omar Khayyam Day.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. len green permalink
    May 19, 2013 3:12 am

    Hi Sandra & Bill

    I sent this notice to the local newspaper (and to some friends) but it wasn’t published.

    Len Saturday, 18 May 2013 marks the 965th birthday of Omar Khayym

    In 1074 CE, Umar-i-Khayymi was summoned by the Sultan Malik Shah to join

    a panel of scholars to revise the calendar to bring it back into step with the seasons

    when the first day of the new year would coincide with the first day of spring.

    First he had to measure the average length of a year and his bottom line was

    365.242,198 days. As you know, the years length is changing in the sixth decimal

    place over a generation or two. In the 19th century it was 365.242,196 days while

    today it is only 365.242,190. Omar also wrote poetry.

    Len Green 36 Newcastle St, Rose Bay, NSW 2029 Australia Phone 02 9371 5829 Fax 02 9371 5830

  2. May 19, 2013 9:12 am

    Thanks, Len, for that contribution. Pity the paper didn’t publish it, but that is our gain – and that of a wider audience!

  3. Coumans permalink
    May 20, 2013 6:54 pm

    Here is how Khayyam and Firdosi are rembered in Iran:

  4. May 21, 2013 8:41 am

    Thanks for this addition, Jos. Even FitzGerald gets a mention!

  5. ASFIA AHMED permalink
    June 16, 2013 1:37 pm

    I am so elated to have got this link of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam ,more so its is his 965th birthday!! I am from India and from a small state of Assam in the N.E. of India close to the Chinese border! I am a student of literature so when I found this beautiful book amongst the remains of an old library at home I just picked it up and it was so special. Its been with me for nearly 20 years and when I read about it in the papers that a copy of it had sunk with the Titanic my heart went out to the enormous contribution the Rubaiyat has spread far and wide. I would love to be a part of this beautiful journey.
    Asfia Ahmed from India

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