Monthly archives: September, 2019

Zenobia, Queen of Greater Armenia, in European Works of Art

Zenobia, Queen of Greater Armenia

A number of famous European artists of the 17-19th centuries dedicated numerous paintings to Queen Zenobia of Armenia (1st century AD). Aside from that, she was featured in several operas. For example, composer George Frideric Handel wrote the opera Radamisto where the main characters of the opera were the rulers of Greater Armenia who lived …

Armenian Heritage in Iran

Armenian Heritage in Iran

In the museums of Tehran, Isfahan, and Tabriz, more than 3 thousand ancient parchment manuscripts in the Armenian language are stored. Thanks to the efforts of the Iranian government, 3 Armenian architectural monuments in Iran were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. These were the St. Thaddeus and St. Stepanos monasteries, as well as …

Abrakunis – From the History of the Armenian City

Abrakunis – From the History

We present to your attention another victim of Azerbaijani vandalism. Before you is the Surb Karapet monastery in the town of Abrakunis in the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. The photos have been taken in the 1980s. The rich and crowded Armenian city of Abrakunis was destroyed in 1604 by Shah Abbas. Its inhabitants were deported to …

Aratta in Sumerian Mythology

Aratta in Sumerian Mythology

The ancient state of Aratta is identified with the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture. According to another point of view, “Aratta” is distorted “Ararat” or “Urartu.” Researchers have also proposed identifying a Sanskrit toponym mentioned in the Mahabharata and other texts with Aratta. In Sumerian literature, Aratta is described as follows: “Wisdom and art ‘descended’ from the country …

Iraqi Writer About Turkey – Oye! Times

Iraqi Writer About Turkey

Below are excerpts from the article by Iraqi writer Laila Qasrani published in the Canadian newspaper “Oye! Times.” Qasrani recently visited Turkey to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide and visit the places mentioned in her latest novel. “An Arabic proverb says that travel has five advantages. No one probably knows what these advantages …

Armenian Highlands – Territory In Which the Armenian People Originated

Armenian Highlands – Territory

The territory in which the Armenian people originated is called Hayastan (Hayk). The neighboring peoples called it differently – Armenia, Arminuya, Hayasa, Nairi, Armina, Aratta, Urartu, Somkheti, etc. The Armenian Highlands are located between the Asia Minor and Iranian plateaus. The average altitude of the Highlands is 1500-1800 meters. Higher than the surrounding plateaus, the …

José Antonio Gurriarán on the Armenians of Spain

José Antonio Gurriarán

A few years ago, Spanish writer and journalist José Antonio Gurriarán (7 July 1938 – 31 March 2019) presented the story of Armenians living in Spain. He began with King Levon VI, telling about his connection with the Armenian issue. In the struggle for recognition of the Armenian Genocide, ASALA’s (Armenian Secret Army for the …

The Destruction of Armenian Manuscripts During the Genocide

The Destruction of Armenian Manuscripts

The national-cultural genocide of Armenians also encompassed Armenian manuscripts. Over millennia, the Armenian people have created tens of thousands of manuscripts in history, art, natural sciences, as well as works of spiritual and secular nature. Armenian manuscripts have occasionally been destroyed from time to time by various conquerors. However, in the late 19th and early …

The Young Armenian Generation in Ignorance

The Young Armenian Generation in Ignorance

Armenian cinema owes our people a great debt. The young generation of Armenians is growing in ignorance about their heroes, and the rare historical films shot back in the Soviet period, as a rule, glorify not the worthiest representatives of our people. Even today, we can see films about Kamo or Atarbekov, on our television …

Joscelin II, Count of Edessa

Joscelin II of Edessa (1113 – 1159) was the last ruling count of the county of Edessa. He was the son of Armenian princess Beatrice and Count Joscelin I. During the battle of Azaz in 1125, Joscelin was taken hostage by Muslims. Soon, through the efforts of the King of Jerusalem Baldwin II, he was …

Tevan Stepanyan – Heroes of Armenia

Tevan Stepanyan – Heroes of Armenia

Tevan Stepanyan is one of those heroes of the Armenian people who during the years of Soviet power were branded as enemies or put into oblivion. But today, many, including the fellow countrymen of Tevan, the Karabakh people, are rediscovering the history of their land and are beginning to recognize their heroes. After Armenia gained …

Tigran Yervanduni – Rulers of Ancient Armenia

Tigran Yervanduni – Rulers of Ancient Armenia

Tigran Yervanduni was the son and heir of Yervand I Sakavakyats (“short-staying”, reigned in 570-560 BC). Tigran reigned in 560-535 BC. He was a hunting companion to the founder of Achaemenid Persia Cyrus the Great. Tigran was the one to kill the king of Media Azhdahak. During his reign, the territory of Armenia also spread …

Anna Kolozyan and the “One-Time Paradise”

Anna Kolozyan and the “One-Time Paradise”

If something worthwhile is created in Armenia regardless of the field, then it somehow catches the eye in some kind of television program, exhibition, or just in a booklet. Unfortunately, what is created away from Home is often not covered and as a result stays unreachable. I stumbled upon the works of Anna Kolozyan by …

Cilician Armenian Coins – King Hethum, 1226-1270

Cilician Armenian Coins

The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia was a feudal kingdom that existed from 1080 to 1375. The inhabitants of Cilicia were very freedom-loving and only nominally obeyed the Persians, Seleucids, and from 63 BC the Romans. The Romans kept in submission only the plain of Cilicia. The Cilicians have always been distinguished by their courage and …