Month: July 2018

Armenia on Medieval Hand-Drawn Maps

Maps are crucial in helping us shape history. They contribute to the understanding of the political development of the ancient and modern worlds, as well as reflect international relations on certain stages of the evolution of states and empires. Ruben Galchyan’s catalog “Armenia in world cartography” is a fine collection of antique maps of Armenia.

Armenians in the NASA Mars Curiosity Mission

14 Armenian scientists participated in the NASA Curiosity Martian rover project. Among them were the head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Arbi Karapetian, electronics specialists Avo Demirjian, Vatche Vorperian, Alfred Hashaki, Felix Sargsian, Hrayr Anitablian, as well as specialists of landing control Karen Khanoian and Richard Ohanian. Apart from that, Serzh Zadurian and Vazrik

Avadis “Avie” Tevanian, Chief Developer of Apple Mac OS X

Avadis “Avie” Tevanian was the senior developer of the Apple Mac OS X operational system. He earned a B.A. in mathematics at the University of Rochester, as well as his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. While studying in Carnegie Mellon, Tevanian along with Richard Rashid developed the Mach operating system,

How an Armenian Opened the First Coffeehouse in Prague

The devil’s drink (as coffee had been called in Bohemia, present-day Czech Republic) first appeared in the Czech territory after the end of the Thirty Years’ War (1618 – 1648). Not many people could afford this exotic and aromatic drink until the late 17th century due to the high price of coffee beans. Even the

Why Does Chess Represent the Mindset of Armenians?

Armenia is the first country in the world where teaching chess was included into the school program. Apart from that, strolling anywhere in Armenia, one could meet many people spending their free time playing chess. What kind of features does chess develop? How does chess develop in Armenia? Finally, why is chess identified with the

Larry Gagosian – The King of the Market of Modern Artwork

In the middle of January 2016, the art world burst in a grandiose scandal. The legendary New York Museum of Modern Art had been holding an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s sculptures when it became known that one of the primary showpieces of the exhibition, the large gypsum bust of Picasso’s mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, had been

Armenian Traces in Scandinavian Mythology

In 1222 – 1225, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician Snorri Sturluson wrote his book “Edda” consisting of Scandinavian myths and tales. This book has long been considered a fruit of the author’s mind, having no historical basis. However, in 1643, Icelandic bishop Sveinsson discovered an ancient manuscript with songs about deities and heroes that strongly

The Genealogy of the Love Legend of Vahagn and Astghik

Historian and linguist Nicholas Marr wrote about the genealogy of the legend of the love between Armenian pagan deities Vahagn and Astghik: “However, more ancient pearls of Japhetic poetic heritage reached us, including a story about a man and a woman in love who symbolized various conditions and impersonations of nature. This love story brings

Armenia in World Cartography – Ruben Galchyan

The second edition of the book “Armenia in world cartography” was published at the initiative of Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, the head of the Nakhichevan-on-Don diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and thanks to the support of Vartan Vartanov. This undertaking was blessed by Catholicos of all Armenians Garegin II: “From the religious center of the

Mark Moogalian, Hero of France – 2015 Thalys Train Attack

In 2015, the name of a 51 years old lecturer at Sorbonne Mark Moogalian was inscribed in the list of Heroes of France. Back then, his sister Julia told The Telegraph that President of France François Hollande had invited Moogalian for dinner after he gets better. Mark Moogalian was the first passenger to intervene a

St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York – Armenian Commune in Manhattan

In the 1930s, long before the foundation of Little Armenia in Los Angeles, the neighborhood Murray Hill in Manhattan housed a large, 100,000-people Armenian commune. Large-scale migrations of Armenians to Manhattan have begun in the middle of the 19th century. Most of them arrived through the legendary Ellis Island. According to the United States Citizenship

Armenia on Ancient Maps of the World

“Armenia in world cartography” is a unique collection of geographic maps and their descriptions, spanning from times immemorial to modern days. They represent the geographical features of Armenia, political events, as well as regional relations. Map 1 This map was taken from Ptolemy’s “Geography” published in Strasburg in 1513. It was drawn by Martin Waldseemüller

Armenian Diaspora of Ireland

Gray clouds, loud seagulls over the sleepy and turbid River Liffey. Diagonally cutting rain and sharp wind. This is Dublin, the distant capital of Ireland, the city in which I for the first time heard the charming spiritual music of the great Komitas. I listened to it in the cozy and hospitable home of my

Armenia and Rome – The Unification of Armenians Under Artashes I

In 190 BC, the Roman legions smashed the troops of the Seleucid King Antiochus III in the Battle of Magnesia in Asia Minor, putting the plans of Antiochus to conquer Greece to a halt. This victory marked the beginning of the Roman expansion towards the East. The Greek influence had spread eastward long before the

The Creations of Artist Rubik Kocharyan

Rubik Kocharyan is a fine artist living and working in California, US. During his fruitful career, he has created more than 1,000 original oil paintings and drawings. Rubik Kocharyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1940. His family was exiled to Siberia in 1946 due to the Stalin regime. Rubik obtained the base of his

Haghpat Monastery – Inspiring by Its Endurance

A wonderful article published by the Wall Street Journal in 2012 describes some of the Armenian sacred sites. The article was authored by Dennis K. Berman. Haghpat is one of the world’s greatest yet one of the least explored religious shrines. Millions of tourists every year gather to the routine splendor of Rome and Jerusalem.

Edward Ghazaryan – The Father of Micro Miniature

Edward Ghazaryan, a world-renowned Armenian micro miniaturist, is regarded as the creator of the art of micro miniature. Back in the 1950s, the European press was humming about an Armenian claiming to have created tiny artworks smaller than a needle eye. One German reader even sent a letter of disbelief to the artist. The reply