The Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, is an enormous poetic opus compiled by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 CE. Considered the first great work of modern Persian literature, the Shahnameh recounts the mythical and historical past of Iran, from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest in the 7th century. With 62 stories, 990 chapters, and 60,000 rhyming couplets, the Shahnameh is more than seven times longer than what well known ancient epic?
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During his reign, King Louis XIV of France moved his court and government offices to Versailles in an attempt to combat the nobles' efforts to undermine his increasing power. The palace is one of the largest and most lavish ever built. The park and gardens contain fountains, reservoirs, and sculptures, and the park contains two smaller palaces, as well as temples, grottoes, and decorative structures. What is the historical significance of the palace's "Hall of Mirrors"?
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Sigmund Freud was an Austrian psychiatrist who pioneered the study of the unconscious mind and founded the method of psychological therapy known as psychoanalysis. He postulated that there are a number of defense mechanisms that protect the conscious mind from the harsher aspects of reality and made conscious recognition of these forgotten experiences the foundation of psychoanalytic therapy. Freud was an outspoken proponent and early user of what highly addictive narcotic?