One event that can be dated with certainty to the year 1010 is the completion of Farsi epic poem ‘Shahnameh’, a spiritual predecessor of sorts to HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ – dragons included. Photo: HBO via AP One event that can be dated with certainty to the year 1010 is the completion of Farsi epic poem ‘Shahnameh’, a spiritual predecessor of sorts to HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ – dragons included. Photo: HBO via AP
One event that can be dated with certainty to the year 1010 is the completion of Farsi epic poem ‘Shahnameh’, a spiritual predecessor of sorts to HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ – dragons included. Photo: HBO via AP
Rob McKenzie
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Asian Angle by Rob McKenzie

Think 2020 is weird? Spare a thought for 1010: a frozen Nile, ‘giants’, killer Vikings and a Farsi Game of Thrones

  • With all the craziness of life in 2020, what better time than now to look back a thousand or so years and find out what was making the headlines in 1010?
  • Amid a warmer climate and a short-lived Pope, Rob McKenzie uncovers Viking slaughters, a cold snap in Egypt and some surprisingly tall Swedes

One event that can be dated with certainty to the year 1010 is the completion of Farsi epic poem ‘Shahnameh’, a spiritual predecessor of sorts to HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ – dragons included. Photo: HBO via AP One event that can be dated with certainty to the year 1010 is the completion of Farsi epic poem ‘Shahnameh’, a spiritual predecessor of sorts to HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ – dragons included. Photo: HBO via AP
One event that can be dated with certainty to the year 1010 is the completion of Farsi epic poem ‘Shahnameh’, a spiritual predecessor of sorts to HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ – dragons included. Photo: HBO via AP
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