The origins of modern day polo, known as Chogan in Iran, probably owes its beginnings to Central Asian nomads who lived and traveled on horses and journeyed through the Far East as far as the Caspian Sea. The game of polo in Persia has been immortalized in Persian miniature paintings and in the Shahanameh, an epic penned by the poet Ferdowsi which gives a vivid description of the royal game of Chogan. The sport however fell out of favor following the Iranian Revolution of 1979 due to its associations with the aristocracy. In modern day Iran, people find polo or Chogan an expensive indulgence that requires considerable investment in equipment which probably accounts for its diminishing popularity.