Monthly archives: September, 2021

Mount Nemrut – Armenian Pantheon of Gods

Mount Nemrut – Armenian Pantheon of Gods

The Armenian Pantheon of Gods was erected by the king of Commagene, named Antiochus I Theos c. 86 BC – 38 BC, ruled 70 BC – 38 BC. Antiochus I Theos was the son of of King Mithridates I Callinicus and Queen Laodice VII Thea of Commagene from the Armenian Orontid Dynasty. Beyond the line …

Early Manuscript Maps Of Anania Shirakatsi

Early Manuscript Maps

The earliest Armenian geographic work is the seventh-century manuscript entitled Ashkharhatsuyts (Mirror of the World), penned most probably by the Armenian mathematician, scientist, and geographer Anania Shirakatsi (Anania of Shirak). This work was originally attributed to the fifth-century Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi, but research has shown that it most probably belongs to the pen of Shirakatsi. …

Weapons Of The Bagratid Dynasty 9th – 11th Centuries

Weapons Of The Bagratid Dynasty 9th – 11th Centuries

Modern Armenia, which is located in the South Caucasus region, is much smaller than medieval Armenia, which was ruled by the Bagratid dynasty. The Bagratid Kingdom was a decentralized state with a well-developed suzerain-vassal system, where small kingdoms, like Syunik, Vaspurakan, Tashir-Dzoraget, and Kars, had their own autonomy. They recognized the authority of the Bagratid …

Why are Armenians the only people on the planet that still use the Enochian/Atlantean/Anakim or the pre-flood civilizations language and letters today?

Why are Armenians the only people on the planet that still use the Enochian/Atlantean/Anakim or the pre-flood civilizations language and letters today?

One of the greatest lies that the “Empire” had applied to Armenian literature over the centuries is that Mesrob Mashtots created or “rediscovered” Armenian letters a few centuries after Christ. The Crusades were more than just a battle between Christianity and Islam. That was a time when world history had changed for ever. Why did …

The Dangers of Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement

The Dangers of Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement

Suddenly, a new dynamic has been set into motion in the Caucasus region. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced that it is time for Armenia and Turkey to work towards a rapprochement. Simultaneously Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened the prospects of beginning negotiations with Armenia while Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has …

An Unusual Mother and Child Sculpture in Handaberd

An Unusual Mother and Child Sculpture in Handaberd

A late 12th- or early 13th-century khachkar in the province of Karvajar is part of a larger history of nursing images in Christian imagery, but is it threatened? The war in Nagorno-Karabagh (Armenian Artsakh) recently halted with the Russian-brokered peace deal of November 9, which mandated the surrender to Azerbaijan of several provinces with millennia of Armenian …

A sanctuary of ancient knowledge – The Matenadaran thrives in the digital age

A sanctuary of ancient knowledge - The Matenadaran thrives in the digital age

Priceless manuscripts have survived a long and precarious journey to bear witness to Armenia’s rich cultural legacy. Now digitalization and new exhibition halls at the Matenadaran ensure that the “birth certificates” of our nation defy time and space. The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, generally known as the Matenadaran, is a museum, a research institute, …

Armenian Recipe: Sou Boreg (Cheese Casserole)

Armenian Recipe: Sou Boreg (Cheese Casserole)

As Chef Carrie Nahabedian’s mother ushered her out the door to her flight to D.C. for the Folklife Festival, this was her advice to the Michelin-starred chef. Armed with her grandmother’s rolling stick, Nahabedian blew into the Hatsatoun prep kitchen along with the end of a storm on our opening day, ready to demonstrate her grandmother’s …

Save Armenian Photograph Archives – the Legacy We Keep

Save Armenian Photograph Archives - the Legacy We Keep

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives acts as the steward of Armenian heritage by collecting, documenting, and preserving photographs and the stories they tell. Our work honors Armenian identity and shares that legacy. This selection of Project SAVE images features Armenian artisans, their education, craft, and artistry. The photos illustrate that formal training was available to …

Long Island Student Wins New York State Art Award

Long Island Student Wins New York State Art Award

GARDEN CITY, NY (Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, Bayside) – Last October, Isabelle Sirounian, a sophomore at Garden City High School, submitted a sketched drawing of her great-grandmother to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections Contest. The theme of the contest was “I Matter Because…” Feeling the emotions from the war at that time …

Cultural Genocide as a Political Tool

Cultural Genocide as a Political Tool

The cultural genocide actively being waged by Turkey and Azerbaijan is a component of the physical genocide of the Armenian people, intended to obliterate any vestiges of their existence on their ancestral lands, which they have inhabited for centuries. According to a report by the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, before World War I, there were …

President Reagan Meets Catholicos of Cilicia Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians Vasken I: Newly Released Video

President Reagan Meets Catholicos of Cilicia Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians Vasken I: Newly Released Video

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The Ronald Reagan Library has digitized the archive materials of the Presidential Library and uploaded them to the YouTube channel of the institution. A search can locate President Reagan’s references to Armenia on quite a few occasions and his engagement with Armenian Church leaders and community members. As a governor of California between 1966 and …

Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

Navigate through secluded buildings that once housed some of the brightest scholars of the Middle Ages I’m sitting in my living room, peering down through a virtual reality headset into a dirt pit in Khor Virap where legend says St. Gregory the Illuminator was held for 15 years before curing his captor, King Trdat, of an ailment and convincing him to convert to …

My Virtual Armenia – This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia

My Virtual Armenia - This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia

Painstaking imaging of cultural heritage sites worldwide has the potential to usher in a new era of participatory preservation efforts Armenia’s medieval monastery at Noravank, nestled amid the craggy slopes of the country’s mountainous terrain, is a striking exemplar of Armenian architectural tradition. Elegant geometrical symmetries abound in its places of worship, and the ancient …

King Arsames I of Sophene – Ancient Armenia

King Arsames I of Sophene - Ancient Armenia

King Arsames I of Sophene (Ծոփք) was an Armenian vassal king during the Seleucids. He was descended from the Orontid dynasty who had ruled Armenia as satraps both under the Persians, and later under Alexander the Great, and then his Hellenistic successors. As the Seleucids grew weaker, His father Samos (275-255 BC) had proclaimed himself …