TEHRAN (ISNA)- A statute of an Iranian great poet Nizami Ganjavi has been seen in a park in Rome, Italian Capital City, under the title of 'A Poet from the Republic of Azerbaijan' while historical documents confirm that he has been an Iranian poet, not an Azerbaijani one, given the fact that his masterwork have been written in Persian.
The statute has been donated to Italy by Azerbaijan and has been erected in Villa Borghese Park, in Rome by Rome Mayor. Surprisingly, under the statute base it is written 'Azerbaijani poet, Nizami Ganjavi, (1141 to 1209).'
The measure by Rome Mayor has already been condemned by Iranian expatriates in Italy and Italian students interested in Iranian culture. They have issued large calls, denouncing any instrumental, politically-tainted and nationalistic use of Iranian culture. They had called for changing the written text as 'one of the greatest Persian poets'.
Nizami Ganjavi (1141 to 1209) whose formal name was Jamal ad-Dīn Abū Muḥammad Ilyās ibn-Yūsuf ibn-Zakkī, was a 12th-century Persian poet. He was born in Ganja, northwestern Azerbaijan, and is considered the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature, who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic. His heritage is widely appreciated and shared by Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kurdistan region and Tajikistan.
Nizami lived in an age of both political instability and intense intellectual activity, which his poems reflect; but little is known about his life or the precise dates of his works, as the many legends built up around the poet color the accounts of his later biographers.
His Quinary ("Panj Ganj" or "Khamsa") includes Makhzan al-Asrar, Khosrow o Shirin, Layli o Majnun, Eskandar Nameh, Haft Paykar which are all Persian lyrics.