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Raise a glass on Omar Khayyam’s 967th birthday

May 18, 2015

k02-omarnish97Today, 18th May, marks the 967th anniversary of the birth of Omar Khayyam.  We hope that all our readers will find a moment in which to raise a glass and toast his memory.  Greetings to all on this special day.

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  1. May 19, 2015 1:44 pm

    Somewhere in my reading I seem to remember that the precise date of Omar’s birth was calculated from astrological charts (!) Can anyone confirm that? Or explain how this date is said to be “known”?

  2. May 24, 2015 9:12 am

    Thanks for your question, David. We have been waiting to see whether someone more informed would respond, but, since they haven’t, here is what we know.

    There has in the past been much dispute about the date of birth of the historical Omar Khayyam. Most people seem now to accept the idea of 1048, based on the work of Swami Govinda Tirtha. His analysis was published in his book ‘The Nectar of Grace: Omar Khayyam’s Life and Works’, published by Kitabistan, Allahabad, in 1941. He uses some complicated astronomical calculations (not something we understand) to arrive at the very precise dating of the birth as at sunrise on 18th May 1048

    There is still much dispute about the date of death of the historical Omar Khayyam. Years between 1124 and 1131 are generally quoted. But all this begs the question as to whether the person being discussed, the astronomer and mathematician called Omar Khayyam, had anything to with the Rubaiyat which we all know and value!

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