Monthly archives: February, 2019

The Ancient City of Artashat – Armenia

The Ancient City of Artashat - Armenia

A contemporary of Artashes, Greek historian Polybius called Artashes the “Lord of the greatest part of Armenia. Strabo confirmed: “Armenia has grown through the efforts of Artashes, and everyone in his state was monolingual, that is, Armenian-speaking.” This valuable information from Strabo indicates that Artashes managed to unite all the Armenian-speaking territories in one state. …

The Anniversary of the Birthday of Zoravar Andranik

The Anniversary of the Birthday of Zoravar Andranik

Andranik was an amazing person. While he was still alive, his story became a legend, as it happened with Garibaldi, to whom Andranik was so similar. Anyone who spoke of him, be it an intellectual, a soldier, a revolutionary, or just an ordinary person, always looked for different ways to express their attitude towards him. …

Armenia Through the Eyes of Roffi Petrossian

Armenia Through the Eyes of Roffi Petrossian

He loved Armenia, and Armenia loved him. Born in the American city of Seattle, Roffi once came to Armenia at the call of the Motherland and decided not to return back. For 4 months, he has on foot walked around Armenia, opening the country for himself and for TV viewers within the framework of the …

Photo of a Hearing of the Case of Soghomon Tehlirian

Photo of a Hearing of the Case

This unique photograph was taken in June 1921 in Berlin during one of the court hearings on the case of the assassination of former Ottoman Interior Minister Talaat Pasha. In order to punish the Young Turk leaders who were guilty of committing crimes against Armenians, Operation Nemesis had been developed. On March 15, 1921, Soghomon …

Everyone Plays Backgammon in Armenia

Everyone Plays Backgammon in Armenia

It is difficult to imagine an Armenian without backgammon. Sure, the age of the Internet has radically changed our way of life, and today’s young people are increasingly hanging out in the online space. But there was a time when almost everybody played backgammon in Armenia, from young to old. However, the middle generation and …

Brief Chronology of the Sunset of Cilicia

Brief Chronology of the Sunset of Cilicia

The reign of the grandson of Hethum I and Queen Zabel Hethum II was one of the most dramatic periods in the history of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. The Armenian state at that time was in the thick of internal and external shocks. The main reason for the internal strife was the policy of …

Filaret Varazhnuni – “King of Armenians and Greeks”

Filaret Varazhnuni – “King of Armenians and Greeks”

Filaret (Pilarthos) Varazhnuni (1072-1090) originated from the Varazhnuni Nakharar family (Nakharar is an Armenian hereditary title of the highest order) stationed in Vaspurakan Province of Armenia. According to 5th-century Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi, the ancestor of the clan was Varazh who was appointed by King Artashes to the post of the royal trapper. 7th-century Armenian …

Photo of the Deportation of Erzurum Armenians – July 1915

Photo of the Deportation of Erzurum Armenians

This photo pictures an episode of the forcible deportation of Erzurum Armenians to Mesopotamia. The picture was taken by Austrian biologist Viktor Pichman (1881-1956) near the village of Sushekhir. From 1914 until the end of World War I, by the orders of the German government, Viktor Pichman participated in the formation of mountain rifle military …

The Coins of Cilician King Levon I the Great

The Coins of Cilician King Levon I the Great

The coins of Levon I the Great, a King of Cilicia Armenia from the Rubenid dynasty who reigned from 1187 to 1219, were in use in Western Europe and even beyond. Minted during his reign, gold and silver coins with engraved Latin inscriptions became the most famous and preferred currency in international markets. During the …

Boghos Bey Yusufian – Advisor to the Viceroy of Egypt

Boghos Bey Yusufian

Famous Egyptian leader of Armenian origin Boghos Bey Yusufian was the first translator and adviser to the Viceroy of Egypt Muhammad Ali. He also served as minister of commerce and foreign affairs of Egypt. In the 1790s, Yusufian became a customs officer in the city of Rosette. Boghos Bey Yusufian was a highly experienced diplomat. …

The Armenian Dynasties of Byzantine Rulers

The Armenian Dynasties of Byzantine Rulers

The Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantine Empire was marked on the political map as the successor of the Roman Empire in 395, when the sons of Emperor Theodosius I Arcadius and Honorius divided Rome between themselves. The name “Byzantine” received by the eastern part of the former empire was first used by German historian Hieronymus …

Etchmiadzin Cathedral – A Testament to Universal History – Christian Portal Aleteia

Etchmiadzin Cathedral - A Testament to Universal History

The Christian portal Aleteia.org writes that the Etchmiadzin Cathedral built in 301 AD by Gregory the Illuminator is a testament to both Armenian and universal history. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Vagharshapat (the official name of Etchmiadzin) is the main church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Both historians and archaeologists unanimously claim that this is the …