Monthly archives: January, 2019

Komitas – Armenian Composer, Singer, Scientist

Komitas - Armenian Composer, Singer, Scientist

Komitas (born Soghomon Soghomonian, October 8, 1869 – October 22, 1935) was an Armenian composer, scientist, singer, choral conductor, and public figure. Komitas’s father was Kevork Soghomonian, a shoemaker who loved music, composed songs, and had a beautiful voice. The composer’s mother Taguhi was a carpet weaver and also possessed bright musical abilities. Komitas’s childhood …

Medieval Armenian Philosopher Hovhannes Imastasser

Medieval Armenian Philosopher

One of the greatest medieval Armenian philosophers, scientists, theologians, poets, mathematicians, cosmologists, and a successor of the traditions of Aristotle was Hovhannes Imastasser (Hovhannes Sarkavag, 1047-1129). Little is known about his biography. The information that we have comes from a manuscript biography rewritten in 1375. The author of this manuscript, apparently, lived in the middle …

The Plain of Mush – Msho Dashter

The Plain of Mush - Msho Dashter

The Mush plain is a small fertile plain situated in the middle reaches of the Aratsani River (Murad) where it connects with its tributary Meghraget (Karasu). “Msho Dasht” (Մշո դաշտ) means “Mush plain” in Armenian. According to an ancient Armenian legend, goddess Anahit loved to swim in the waters of the Meghraget river at night. …

Armenian Philosophers of the Early Medieval Period

Armenian Philosophers of the Early Medieval Period

Among the most renowned medieval Armenian philosophers is Yeznik Koghbatsi (5th century). Koghbatsi, a representative of apologetics, was a student of Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian national writing system. Together with him, he translated the Bible and many philosophical works into Armenian. Koghbatsi was educated in the Byzantine Empire. He knew Syriac, Greek, …

Armenian-Assyrian Union in the Struggle for Existence – 1918

Armenian-Assyrian Union

In March 1918, the Armenians of Van disappeared completely. Fiercely pursuing Armenian refugees fleeing from Vaspurakan to Persia, Turkish troops crossed the Turkish-Iranian border and invaded Atrpatakan. The Van Armenians managed to get to Salmast (a city in Iran). The local Armenian military council announced a mobilization and urged 18-40 years old Armenians and Assyrians …

Russian Retreat in July 1915 – Intent or Necessity?

Russian Retreat in July 1915 – Intent or Necessity?

Who could have most likely saved the Armenians from the Turkish massacres? No one except the Russian army. However, we saw that it became a spectator and that the Kurdish leaders (beys) who were committing pogroms were the honored guests of the Russian commanders. In the middle of July 1915, the Russian troops marched victoriously …

Highest Degree of Diligence, the Main Trait of Armenians – US Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Highest Degree of Diligence, the Main Trait of Armenians

“The highest degree of diligence is one of the distinguishing features of the Armenian people,” said US congresswoman from California Anna Eshoo in an interview with the Voice of America radio station. Eshoo considers the combination of her mother’s Armenian and father’s Chaldean ancestry a wonderful unity. She recalled that her constituency is the most …

The Third Pogrom of Armenians in Baku – January 13, 1990

The Third Pogrom of Armenians in Baku

On January 13, 1990, the Kremlin provoked pogroms against Armenians in Baku. Directly before the eyes of the USSR Armed Forces, the State Security Committee, and the Interior Ministry bodies in the capital of Soviet Azerbaijan, hundreds of Armenians would be killed during the next seven days, and tens of thousands would see the horror …