P'awstos Buzand's History of the Armenians (Volume 1)
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Translated by Robert Bedrosian
The History of the Armenians (Volume 1), attributed to P'awstos Buzand, is one of the three gems of the Golden Age of Armenian literature, and marks the next step of Sophene’s Dual Language Series. In this series, we aim to make the most important works of ancient Armenian literature accessible to the broadest possible audience by placing the original Armenian text on the left-hand side and the corresponding English translation on the right-hand side.
The History of the Armenians describes episodically and in epic style, events from the military, socio-cultural, and political life of fourth century Armenia. This work is perhaps the most problematical of the Armenian sources, and one of the most tantalizing. Controversy surrounds almost every aspect of this History: the format of the extant (versus the original) text; the author's identity; and where, in what language, and when it was written. There is an extensive body of scholarly literature devoted to these and other questions.
P'awstos' History is a treasure of early Armenian literature, invaluable for historians, anthropologists and linguists, for Armenists and Iranists. The present text of P'awstos exists in four “Books,” beginning with Book III. Volume 1 contains Books III and IV.
Length: 444 pages
Format: Hardcover and Paperback
Publication Date: March 1, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-925937-44-2 (hardcover) and 978-1-925937-73-2 (paperback)
Golden Age Literature
The books in the Golden Age of Armenian literature set address important episodes in Armenian history, including complete accounts of the Battle of Avarayr and other events from the military, socio-cultural and political life of fourth and fifth century Armenia. The books also contain a welter of information about the Sasanian state, and are invaluable learning tools for students of Classical Armenian (Grabar).