Monthly archives: July, 2018

Armenia on Medieval Hand-Drawn Maps

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

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 …

Why Does Chess Represent the Mindset of Armenians?

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 …

Armenian Traces in Scandinavian Mythology

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 …

Armenia in World Cartography – Ruben Galchyan

Armenia in World Cartography

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 …

Armenia on Ancient Maps of the World

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

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 …

“The Armenian Genocide on the front pages of world press” – Book-Catalogue About the Atrocities of the Turks

“The Armenian Genocide on the front pages of world press”

The Russian-English version of “The Armenian Genocide on the front pages of world press” was recently published in Yerevan, composed by the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan. The book had already been published in Armenian and English a little while ago, and its first addressees were the president, prime minister, and minister …

The Creations of Artist Rubik Kocharyan

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 …