Kirakos Gandzaketsi's History of the Armenians (Complete Set)
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This set includes hardcover editions of:
Kirakos Gandzaketsi's History of the Armenians (Vol I)
Kirakos Gandzaketsi's History of the Armenians (Vol II)
Translated by Robert Bedrosian
This complete set contains both volumes of the History of the Armenians by Kirakos Gandzaketsi. These works are some of the gems of Medieval Armenian literature and are an important work in 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.
Kirakos Gandzaketsi's History of the Armenians is a primary source for the study of the Armenian highlands in the 13th c. This lengthy work, which has survived in 65 chapters, is divided thematically into sections. Part I is a summary of Armenian church and political history from the 4th c. – 12th c. Part II describes political and military events in the 12thcentury, both in Eastern Armenia and in the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia. Part III contains a biographical list of the Catholicoi of Aghuania. Finally, the author described the events of his own day: the period of the Zak'arids, the Mongol invasions and domination, and their impact on the Armenians and other peoples of the Middle East.
Length: 282 pages (Volume I) and 372 pages (Volume II)
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-925937-65-7 (Volume I) and 978-1-925937-67-1 (Volume II)
The books in the medieval Armenian literature set address important episodes in Armenian and Near East history, including the Mongol and Seljuk invasions, the fall of Ani, the Battle of Manzikert, the Crusades, etc. The books also contain a welter of information about Armenian anthropology and folklore, and are invaluable learning tools for students of Classical Armenian (Grabar).
The editions of this set are translated by the renowned Armenologist Robert Bedrosian, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1979, specializing in ancient and medieval Armenian history, and went on to have a decades-long successful career in computer programming. These books respect Armenia’s great literary and cultural legacy, as well as Robert’s lifetime contributions to Armenian history, literature and culture.