“72nd story”

First published: Jan.03.2019

Omar Khayyam never got married and didn’t have any children. He was a tall man with a big head, quiet and recluse.

A genius who was able to read a full book and memorize it right away.


Omar was a fan of Avicenna, the Persian Polymath, and in his notes named him as his teacher and mentor. Khayyam translated one of Avicenna’s Arabic treatise about Monotheism to Farsi. In the end, Khayyam left 13 treatises.


In one of his treatises, he has a geometric solution for a cubic equation that Will Durant names a masterpiece of mathematics in the Middle Ages. One of Khayyam’s students, Hamedani, became a great poet, judge, and Gnostic who was killed because of his beliefs in philosophy.



All of Hamedani’s theories have been proven thus far. The death of Hamedani was a trigger for Khayyam to start writing his book of poetry. King Seljuk was the king at the time. King Seljuk loved poetry and always cared about fun and amusement in his kingdom, so he paid 10,000 gold coins annually to Khayyam to complete his book.


In the year of 1089, the king who was very fond of his work asked Khayyam and other scientists to correct the calendar. This improved calendar was named “Jalali’s Calendar” and is still the most accurate measure of time in the world.


When he passed, Khayyam was buried in the city of Neishaboor in Iran in his own garden, which is now a tourist attraction.



Hundreds of years later, Edward Fitz Gerard translated “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” to English in 1859. This book is still one of the most important contributors to English literature, and many of its hemstitches are used as proverbial up to now.


NASA named a little planet after Khayyam. Many famous people in history were a fan of Khayyam’s poetry book “Rubaiyat Khayyam”. Martin Luther King mentioned that he read Khayyam before going to sleep. Mark Twain always carried a Khayyam’s book with him. And many other writers wrote many great things about the legendary Khayyam.



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  1. Your writing is extraordinary Laleh every time I read something new from you I’m in awe thank you for sharing your beautiful gift with the world.☺️❤️

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  2. If I were able to time travel, it would be to meet with and listen to the wisdom of Omar Khayyam. Since my teen years, I have strongly admired him.
    I thank you for the reminder. 🙂

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  3. Very informative posting. I didn’t know much about Khayyam beyond his writing the Rubyat.

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  4. Thank you for posting such a great story about Omar khayyam, I loved it and I always admire your beautiful writing.

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  5. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your gift to the world! You have a way of moving my spirit with your words that create such beautiful stories.

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  6. I love him!!!!!!!!! From Monday i will send you something for him because i can not from my tablet.

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  7. He was a fascinating man and poet. That garden memorial is quite beautiful and unique.

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  8. I loved hearing about this man. I only knew the poetry.

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  9. I really enjoyed reading that. Thank you for sharing. There is so much I do not know.

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  10. Thanks Laleh for sharing this beautiful story about Khayyam!!!

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  11. Beautifully written Laleh! ❤️❤️

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  12. Lovely to learn more about Omar Khayyam. The garden for him in Iran looks beautiful.

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  13. This is the kind of Friend
    You are –
    Without making me realize
    My soul’s anguished history,
    You slip into my house at night,
    And while I am sleeping,
    You silently carry off
    All my suffering and sordid past
    In Your beautiful

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  14. He truly was a genius and a legend. Thanks for reminding.

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  15. I have a copy of “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” Read it several times and continue to refer to it.

    Thank you for the write-up 🙂

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  16. I hope that your book is broke all limits of sale.with best wishings,dear!!👍👍❤💓💖

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  17. I love Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam!
    Although I know that You don’t understand Serbian language, I’ll share with You my favorite Khayyam’s verses translated in Serbian:

    “Kad stvari ne idu kako mi hoćemo
    brigama i trudom šta da postignemo?
    Uvek smo u brizi,
    večno u čuđenju
    što kasno dođosmo, što rano idemo!”

    Translated from Serbian in English:

    “When things do not go the way we want
    with worries and hard work what to achieve?
    We are always worried,
    forever in wonder
    why we came so late, and so early have to leave!”

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  18. I am most fond of omar khyyam and his rubaiyat-“what is blue?sky is blue because clouds fly thro….”awesome many rubaaiyaan.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  19. Thank you Laleh. Though I’m unlikely to be reading Khayyam I enjoyed learning something of his life and works.

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  20. He was a great, wise man, although loneliness has not once peeked into his soul.

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  21. I love this book of poetry. Thank you for the history lesson Laleh.

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  22. I like to read and listen to wise people. It is a pity that people do not learn from their wisdom.
    Best wishes

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  24. I’ve always loved Khayyam’s poetry. ❤

    One of my favourite lines in all literature is,

    The moving finger writes
    And having writ, moves on,
    nor all thy piety nor wit
    shall lure it back
    to cancel half a line
    nor all thy tears
    wash out a word of it.

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  25. I didn’t know much about Khayyam either. Thank you for sharing 😊

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  26. Great article, yes Omar Khayyam was a great poet and philosopher

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  27. Thank you for such beautiful writing Laleh. I enjoy your site so much. How do you get so many comments and likes? Do you work at it or it just happens because of your gift?

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  28. I don’t know Omar Khyyam but will check him out.

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  29. Well worth a second read. ❤

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  30. Thank you for this lovely post, Laleh. Omar Khayyam was such a great poet and philosopher and is still so relevant today. His English translator, Edward FitzGerald lived and was buried near to where I live. Next to his tomb are rose bushes grown from cuttings taken from a rose tree that grew on the tomb of Omar Khayyam at Neishaboor in Iran.

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  31. Your writing created interest to read about Omar Khayyam Ji.

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  32. Interesting discussion! Laleh, I appreciate learning about Khayyam.

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