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Agathangel0s

(1,736 words)

Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
Agathangelos ( Agat’angełos) is the name given in Armenian tradition to the unknown editor of the story of the conversion of Armenia by Gregory the Illuminator in the early 4th century CE. Some aspects of the story are mentioned in the Buzandaran, a compilation of “Epic Tales” dating to the 460s CE (Thomson, 2010, 27–30). But not until late that century do a title and author’s name appear: Ł. P’arpec’i states that “Agathangelos” composed the first written history of Armenia, which was called “The Book of Gregory” (Łazar, 1904, 2–3). “…
Date: 2019-08-09

 Hawak‘umn Patmut‘ean

(867 words)

Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
‘Historical compilation’; ‘Chronicle’ Vardan Arewelc‘i Date: 1267 Original Language: Armenian Description A version of the work which ran to the year 1265 was stolen by bandits, later recovered in the market at Tiflis, and completed down to the year 1267. The standard edition contains 164 pages of text, not including Introduction and Index. The Chronicle surveys in summary fashion the history of the world from creation to 1267. While Vardan is not primarily interested in Christian-Muslim relations, he inserts a (comparatively) long section on Muḥam…

Unknown author

(47 words)

Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
The Martyrdom of David of Dwin Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: Unknown Place of Death: Unknown Biography Primary Sources of Information Secondary Sources of Information Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Khach’azgeats’ nahatakn ew k’ajayaght’ vkayn K’ristosi Robert W. Thomson

 Khach’azgeats’ nahatakn ew k’ajayaght’ vkayn K’ristosi

(312 words)

Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
The cross-bearing athlete of God and brave martyr of Christ, The Martyrdom of David of Dwin Unknown author Date: 8th or 9th c. Original Language: Armenian Description David (Dawitʿ) was an Arab or Persian originally called Surhan, who settled in Armenia in the 660s. He was converted to Christianity and baptized by Catholicos Anastas (661-67). Arrested by the Muslim governor, he refused to revert to Islam and was crucified on 23 Areg. The year is uncertain: 703 or 705. The Synaxarion (G. Bayan, Le synaxaire arménien, Patrologia Orientalis 5-21, 1909-30) notes his commemoration on 3…

Author uncertain, probably Abraham, also known as Artavazd

(110 words)

Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
The Martyrdom of Vahan Date of Birth: Unknown, probably 1st half of the 8th c. Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: Unknown, probably 2nd half of the 8th c. Place of Death: Unknown Biography It is unclear from the Martyrdom whether the author was Abraham, or an unnamed monk from the unspecified monastery of which Abraham was abbot. Together they visited Vahan’s martyrium in Ruṣāfa seven years after Vahan’s death (i.e. in 744). Primary Sources of Information -- Secondary Sources of Information -- Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Oghbk’ vasn ch’areats’ Ashkharhis Hayot…

Vardan Arewelc‘i

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Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
Vardan Mec Date of Birth: Approximately 1200 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: 1271 Place of Death: Probably Xor Virap, the monastery near Artašat where he was buried. Biography Nothing is known of Vardan’s earliest years. He studied under the teacher ( vardapet) Yovhannēs Vanakan together with Kirakos Ganjakec‘i, whose own History gives some information about him. By 1240 he had returned to Cilicia from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and in 1243 he carried an encyclical letter from the Armenian Catholicos in Sis to various regions of Greater Ar…

 Oghbk’ vasn ch’areats’ Ashkharhis Hayots’ ew Vkayabanut’iwn srboyn Vahanay Goght’nats’woy

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Author(s): Thomson, Robert W.
Lament on the evils that befell the land of the Armenians and the martyrdom of holy Vardan from Goght’nThe Martyrdom of Vahan Author uncertain, probably Abraham, also known as Artavazd Date: 744 Original Language: Armenian Description Vahan, son of Khosrov the lord of Goght’n, was taken as a child to Damascus with other Armenian prisoners in the reign of al-Walīd I and raised as a Muslim. The prisoners were released by ʿUmar II, and Vahan returned to the province of Goght’n as its lord, later withdrawing to the desert as a hermit.…