Facts about Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam died at 83 years old
Born: May 18, 1048
Birthplace: Nishapur, Persia (now Iran)
Best known as: The author of The Rubaiyat


Omar Khayyam Biography

Historically speaking, Omar Khayyam has led a double life. In his own time he was a respected mathematician and astronomer who helped reform the ancient Muslim calendar. In the modern era he is more fondly remembered as the author of the brief, lyrical poems known collectively as The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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Omar is said to have adopted the name Khayyam (“the tentmaker”) in honor of his father’s trade.


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