Kay Kawād

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Kay Kawād
Kobad lived in the Alborz mountains and it was Rostam who brought him to the Estaxr capital.
Shahnameh Mens
NameKay Kawād
Boys nameKay Kāvus
beforeKay Kāvus
CapitalPars or Estaxr
Other Information

Kay Kawād (Persian: کی‌قباد‎) (also known as Kay Qobád, Avestan 𐬐𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬌 𐬐𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬁𐬙𐬀 Kauui Kauuāta) is a mythological figure of Iranian folklore and oral tradition. The 'Kai' stock epithet identifies Kowad as a Kayanian, a mythological dynasty that in tradition Kay Kwbad was also the founder of[1].

In the Shahnameh[edit]

In the tradition preserved in the Shahnameh, Kai Kobad was a descendant of Manuchehr, and lived in the Alborz mountains, and was brought to the Estaxr (the capital) by Rustam. Kobad defeats Afrasiyab in personal combat, and for this feat and because he possesses the xvarənah he is elected king by the Iranians, and the descendants of NowzarTous, Gostaham— and Garshasp—pay him allegiance.

Again after Garshasp reign, the throne of Iran remains empty of the monarch. Zāl elects new Shah for the second time. Zāl[2] sends Rostam to Alborz to find a new king to bring Kay Kawād, a descendant of Fereydun, He deserves the kingdom of Iran.

period of time[edit]

Preceded by
Legendary Kings of the Shāhnāma
2441-2541 (after Keyumars)
Succeeded by
Kai Kavoos


  1. ^ There are two characters in Shahnameh named Kawad (Qobad). Old kawad and King kawad
  2. ^ Zāl now introduces after designating Zaav now introduces Kay Kawād as the king of Iran


  • Ferdowsi Shahnameh. From the Moscow version. Mohammed Publishing. ISBN 964-5566-35-5
  • Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Dick Davis trans. (2006), Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings ISBN 0-670-03485-1, modern English translation (abridged), current standard
  • Warner, Arthur and Edmond Warner, (translators) The Shahnama of Firdausi, 9 vols. (London: Keegan Paul, 1905-1925) (complete English verse translation)
  • Shirzad Aghaee, Nam-e kasan va ja'i-ha dar Shahnama-ye Ferdousi(Personalities and Places in the Shahnama of Ferdousi, Nyköping, Sweden, 1993. (ISBN 91-630-1959-0)
  • Jalal Khāleghi Motlagh, Editor, The Shahnameh, to be published in 8 volumes (ca. 500 pages each), consisting of six volumes of text and two volumes of explanatory notes. See: Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University.

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