The Deev-bend and Persian Hercules, famous for his victory
over the white dragon named Asdeev. He was the son of Zâl, prince of
Sedjistan. The exploits attributed to him must have been the aggregate
of exploits performed by numerous persons of the same name. His combat
for two days with Prince Isfendiar is a favourite subject with the
Persian poets. The name of his horse was Reksh. Matthew Arnold's poem, Sohrab and Rustam, gives an account of Rustam fighting with and
killing his son Sohrab.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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