Khayyam Statue Mounted in Spain

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Mon, 27 Aug 2007 

A statue of Khayyam, the great Persian poet-philosopher, has been mounted in Madrid's Complutense University in a special ceremony.

In a bid to pay tribute to the great scholar and raise awareness of the beauty and craftsmanship of Iranian sculpture, Iran's cultural envoy to Spain asked Tehran University to create the statue.

The initiative was prompted by a memorandum of understanding signed between the two nations to expand bilateral cultural ties.

Omar Khayyam was a world-renowned Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher and astronomer. He is best known for his poetry internationally, in particular for the Quatrains (Rubaiyaat), a book of poetry popularized due to Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the work.

Complutense University is one of the oldest in the world and the leading public university in Spain.

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