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Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature
Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature
Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature
Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature
Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature
Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature
Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature

Three Gems of Golden Age Armenian Literature

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This set includes hardcover editions of:

  • The History of the Armenians by Pavstos Buzand
  • The History of the Armenians by Ghazar P’arpec’i
  • The History of Vartan and the Armenian War by Yeghishe

Translated by Beyon Miloyan and Robert Bedrosian

These three gems of the Golden Age are among the earliest surviving works of Armenian literature. The titles are an important addition to Sophene’s Dual Language Series, which makes the most important works of ancient Armenian literature now 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 books in this 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).

The History of Vartan and the Armenian War is the fourth translation of Beyon Miloyan, who received his Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Queensland in 2012, and the Histories by Pavstos and Ghazar were translated by the renowned Armenologist Robert Bedrosian, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1979, specializing in ancient and medieval Armenian history.

Individual Works

The History of Vartan and the Armenian War, by Yeghishe. The History of Vartan and the Armenian War by Yeghishe is one of the masterpieces of Classical Armenian literature and a major source for the Battle of Avarayr, its antecedents and aftermath. The History covers the thirty-five year period from 428 to 464 AD in seven chapters. Volume 1 contains the first four chapters of the work, and covers the period from the fall of the Arsacid dynasty of Armenia (428 AD) to the antecedents of the Battle of Avarayr (450/451 AD).

History of the Armenians, by P'awstos Buzand. The History of the Armenians, attributed to P'awstos Buzand, 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 I contains Books III and IV.

History of the Armenians, by Ghazar P'arpac'i. Ghazar P'arpec'i's History of the Armenians was written at the end of the fifth or beginning of the sixth century. The first book of this three-book work begins with information concerning the division of Armenia between the Byzantine and Sasanian empires (in 387), and describes the invention of the Armenian alphabet and the abolition of the monarchy in the Iranian-controlled eastern sector (428) to the death of Catholicos Sahak (439). Book II describes the anti-Iranian Armenian uprising of 450/451 (the battle of Awarayr) led by Vardan Mamikonean, while Book III describes another anti-Iranian uprising led by Vardan's nephew, Vahan Mamikonean, and known as the Vahaneanc' (481-84). Volume I contains Books I and II.

 

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