Category «Culture»

Art of Kingdom of Van

5th-4th century BC artistic metal products are noteworthy for their reflection of the influence of the culture of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) on the culture of Achaemenid Empire. Vessels with handles in shape of winged ibex, bulls, lions, horses, rhytons with images of the same animals and riders, and pectorals (chestplates in the shape …

The Armenian Language, the Base of Indo-European Languages

Already in the 19th century, when the field of Indo-European studies occurred, many scientists were convinced that the Armenian Upland was the cradle of the Indo-Europeans and that the Armenian language is the “mother” of all Indo-European languages. Modern researches in the field of archeology, linguistics, genetics, and molecular biology are increasingly supporting that hypothesis. …

Arab Book About the Armenian Genocide

Arab Book About the Armenian Genocide

In 2015 in Egypt, an Arab book about the Armenian Genocide was published. It is based on hitherto secret documents and extracts of orders of Turkish officials, eyewitnesses and executors of the most terrible crime committed 100 years ago in the Middle East. The authors of the publication are Arab scientists Samir Arbash and Nabil …

The First Bookstore in the World

The First Bookstore in the World

The first bookshop in the world was started in Rome in the 1st century BC by an Armenian named Tiran. According to Roman records, a Roman general and statesman Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix was able to collect more than 30,000 books with assistance of Tiran. The Roman book trade network was quite developed and covered …

King Tigranes the Great In Opera

King Tigranes the Great In Opera

Who is the king who has the most number of operas dedicated to him? Curiously enough, that king is Tigranes the Great, King of the Kingdom of Armenia in 95-55 BC. There are 23 operas about him in total, written by known European composers. This might be good news for lovers of music and opera …

Peculiarities of Armenian Language

Armenian language and its alphabet are unbelievably diverse. You can often see how Armenian names lose their simplicity after being translated to other languages because some letters of the alphabet need to be replaced with multiple characters for the transliteration to represent the characters of the original as closely as possible. For comparison, English alphabet, …

The Secret of Longevity of Armenian Nation

Mesrop Mashtots - Armenian Alphabet and the Secret

Falsification of Armenia’s history isn’t something new. In different times for different reasons it has been falsified, but lately the range of the alteration of facts has quite expanded. The process of falsification of Armenian historical facts has been commenced by United Kingdom which had had rich experience with it in regard to its colonies. …

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wore Armenian Apparel

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wore Armenian Apparel

French writer, thinker and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau preferred to wear Armenian clothes. In the painting from the public library of the University of Geneva Rousseau is captured in an Armenian costume. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is buried in the commune of Ermenonville in northern France. For the first time the castle of Ermenonville was mentioned in 9th century …

World’s First Book of Arithmetic Tasks

World’s First Book of Arithmetic Tasks

The world’s first textbook of arithmetic tasks was compiled by Armenian scientist, mathematician of 5th-6th cc. David the Invincible (Դավիթ Անհաղթ). A copy of this task book is now kept in the Matenadaran (Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) in Yerevan, Armenia. Biographical information about David is quite scanty. He was born approximately in mid-seventies …

The Mysterious Armenian Alphabet

The Mysterious Armenian Alphabet

The Armenian alphabet is one of the most significant accomplishments of the Armenian nation. It was invented in 405 AD by Armenian linguist, theologian, statesman and hymnologist Mesrop Mashtots. Armenians appreciate and respect their alphabet and consider it a cultural miracle. But the most astonishing thing about the alphabet is its link with the periodic …

Archive Images of Western Armenia

Archive Images of Western Armenia

Nowadays almost every Armenian construction standing in Western Armenian region of Turkey is ruined. Some believe that Western Armenian churches have visible stylistic difference from temples in Republic of Armenia, and they look more like mosques. They suggest that the form of the temples of Western Armenia on the territory of the Ottoman Empire has …

“Mother Armenia” In Metal And In Flesh

“Mother Armenia” In Metal And In Flesh

In 1950 the biggest monument dedicated to the Soviet Union leader from mid-1920s until 1953 Joseph Stalin was put in Yerevan, and since then the park and even the district of its location have been called “The Monument”. There were hearings at the time that Stalin himself visited the Armenian capital to witness his giant …

The First Rock Band of USSR

The first rock band of USSR gathered in the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute from students of architecture faculty in 1967. The leader of the group was singer, poet, composer and guitarist Artur Meschyan, who already had some fame for his student years song “Ուր էիր Աստված” (“Ur eir Astvac”, English: ”Where Were You God”), dedicated to …

Armenian virtuoso violinist

Armenian virtuoso violinist

Italian violinist Nicollò Paganini was a phenomenon of violin techniques. The lightness and agility of his performance gives him the right to be considered the most gifted violinist of all time, and his genius forms modern violin art. His talents made their own imprint on his compositions, making them so complicated and yet so magnificent …

Armenian feast day Vardavar

Armenian feast day Vardavar

Vardavar is one of the feast days of Armenian Apostolic Church. It is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus, which took place on the mount Tabor, as is believed. The Transfiguration of Jesus is described by Synoptic Gospels  Matthew (17:1–9), Mark (9:2–8) and Luke (9:28–36). “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, …