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Prohaeresius and the Missing Source

In his last novella, Raffi takes the reader to late antiquity to introduce the Armenian philosopher and 4thcentury Athens’ leading professor of rhetoric, Prohaeresius. Part biography and part historical fiction, the plot of the book bends the rules of time to imagine a meeting between Prohaeresius and Movses Xorenats’i (“The Father of Armenian Literature”), in which Movses implores Prohaeresius to...

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NEW RELEASES: Dual Language Series Now in Paperback!

We are excited to announce that our growing Dual Language Series will soon be available in paperback. Our Dual Language Series, containing the greatest works of antique and medieval Armenian literature, places the original Classical Armenian (Grabar) text and the corresponding English translation side-by-side. The following paperbacks will be published on October 26, 2021 and are available for preorder now. Aristakes Lastivertc'i's History. Aristakes Lastiverts’i was an...

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7th & 8th Century Gems

We are excited to announce our forthcoming publication of Sebeos and Ghevond’s Histories. These key 7th-8th century historical sources continue our Dual Language Series, which places the original Armenian text on the left-hand side and the corresponding English translation on the right-hand side, and will be published on July 13, 2021. Sebeos' History is a seventh century document of special...

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The History of Tamerlane and His Successors

We are excited to announce our forthcoming publication of The History of Tamerlane and His Successors. This release continues our Dual Language Series, which places the original Armenian text on the left-hand side and the corresponding English translation on the right-hand side, and will be published on July 13, 2021. The History of Tamerlane begins with the devastations wreaked on the district...

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On the Chinese Origin of the Mamikonian Clan

The Mamikonian name is among the most beloved in Armenian history, due largely to the heroic role of its 5th century leader, Vartan, as the Armenian general in the Battle of Avarayr. Yet the Mamikonians were also the most powerful princely family in Armenian affairs for many centuries, rivaling even the king in influence. So it often comes as a surprise...

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Smbat Sparapet’s Letter to King Henry I of Cyprus

The author of the History of the Tartars, Het’um the Historian, was the nephew of King Het’um I and Smbat Sparapet (commander-in-chief) of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, both of whom were knowledgeable informants by virtue of having made the multi-year journey to the Far East (Smbat in 1247-51, and Het’um in in 1254-55). Smbat described some of his observations...

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The 1,570th Anniversary of the Battle of Avarayr

This year marks the 1,570th anniversary of the Battle of Avarayr, which the Armenian Church commemorates every year with the Feasts of Sts. Ghevontiants and Vartanants on the Tuesday and Thursday preceding Great Lent. The Battle of Avarayr was originally described by Ghazar P'arpec'i and Yeghishe, whose Histories will be published next month (together with P'avstos' History) as part of the new Golden Age release...

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Five Gems of Medieval Armenian Literature

We are very excited to announce our forthcoming publication of five gems of medieval literature. The hardbacks are the first releases of our new Dual Language Series, which places the original Armenian text on the left-hand side and the corresponding English translation on the right-hand side.

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Harem

The book that saw the great Armenian novelist Raffi exiled from Persia. It was just before the turn of the 19th century in Persia, some years after Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar—the Shah of Iran and founder of the Qajar Dynasty—marched to Tiflis with some 30,000 troops and fought for 3 days against the Georgians at Krtsanisi. On the third day of battle,...

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History of the Rubenian Dynasty

The History of the Rubenian Dynasty by Vahram Rabuni is a remarkable work of medieval Armenian literature. It was commissioned by King Leo (Levon) III (1270-1289), who requested from Vahram a continuation of Vipasanutyun, which was composed in the first half of the 11th century by Nerses Shnorhali (“the Gracious”) in verse. Little is known about Vahram except that he served in the royal court of King...

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The True Story of Musa Dagh

As we have described previously, Franz Werfel’s 1933 classic, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, helped to raise awareness for the plight of the Armenians on Musa Dagh who had managed to resist the deportation orders of the Ottoman Government and escaped the genocide in 1915. Despite the novel’s importance, the line between fact and fiction was often blurred in its portrayal...

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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

In 1930, well-known novelist and playwright Franz Werfel made a fateful trip to the Near East. It was there that he first encountered Armenian orphans, many of whom were crippled or maimed, working in a carpet factory in Damascus. Haunted by the images of these children, Werfel went on to further investigate the deportations and massacres of the Ottoman Armenians...

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Garshunography

Armeno-Turkish When I was a child, my father told me that his grandfather (an Armenian from the Ottoman Empire) spoke only in Turkish and wrote only in Armenian, meaning he wrote Turkish in Armenian script. It turns out that this was pretty common in the Ottoman Empire, and not only among Armenians. The Greeks had a word for Greco-Turkish – karamanlidika...

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The Armenian Serialized Novel of the 19th Century

Raffi’s readers experienced reading the novella in serialized form when it was first published in 1878.  In the 19th century, readers consumed books in the same way that we watch television today. Instead of “tuning in” each week for the next episode of the latest addictive TV drama, readers would turn to the next issue of their favourite literary periodical. Even...

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