Some Remarks on the Oghuz Kaghan Epics
(53rd Annual Meeting of the PIAC, St. Petersburg 2010)
The Oghuz Kaghan Epic is one of the oldest epic texts of the Turkic-speaking world. It has close connections with some other Altaic epic cycles as well as with the Islamic historiography. In our paper we shall compare three variants of the text:
- the so called «Pre-Islamic variant» (14th century)
- the manuscript of Uzunköprü (13th century)
- the variant preserved in the work of Rashid ad-Din (14th century).
We shall try to give a detailed analysis of the texts and some remarks on the history of the epic, as well as on relations between these texts.