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The Family Keepsakes Saved From Genocide

The Family Keepsakes Saved From Genocide

A photograph series asks the Midwestern descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide to show the items that were saved from the events of 1915. The story of survival has unfortunately become a popular leitmotif of modern biographies and communities. The violence of social upheavals during the modern era has generated an endless stream of …

Ancient Dvin – World History Encyclopedia

Dvin (aka Duin), located 40 km south of modern Yerevan, was the capital of early medieval Armenia for four centuries. Founded in the 4th century CE, the city prospered and became the administrative head of the Armenian church. Remaining the capital under the rule of the Arab Umayyad Caliphate from the mid-7th century CE, Dvin would ultimately be replaced, first by Partav …

Fighting to Live: A Story About the Battle of Sardarabad

Fighting to Live: A Story About the Battle of Sardarabad

In May of 1918, a tattered Armenian Nation on the cusp of oblivion collected the soldiers and farmers who remained and marched to Sardarabad. It was the last stop of the ravenous Ottoman Turkish army before reaching Armenia’s capital, Yerevan. This is a semi-fictional story about the Battle of Sardarabad. [dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he sun shone brightly …

Ancient Armenia – World History Encyclopedia

Ancient Armenia - World History Encyclopedia

Ancient Armenia, located in the south Caucasus area of Eurasia, was settled in the Neolithic era but its first recorded state proper was the kingdom of Urartu from the 9th century BCE. Incorporated into the Persian Empire of Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BCE, the Orontid dynasty ruled as Persian satraps, a function they performed for their next overlords the Macedonians and Seleucid Empire into the …

Saint Gregory the Illuminator – World History

Saint Gregory the Illuminator - World History

Saint Gregory the Illuminator or Enlightener (previously known as Grigor Lusavorich, c. 239 – c. 330 CE) was the first bishop of the Armenian church, and he is widely credited with converting king Tiridates the Great to Christianity, formally establishing the Armenian Church, and spreading that religion throughout his country. Saint Gregory is the patron saint of Armenia. Early Life …

Movses Khorenatsi

Movses Khorenatsi

Movses Khorenatsi (Moses of Khoren) was a 5th-century CE Armenian historian whose work the History of the Armenians has earned him the title of the “father of Armenian history”. Drawing on ancient sources and ambitiously covering the history of his country up to his own lifetime, Movses’ work has been instrumental in helping to create a sense of continuous …

Ancient History Encyclopedia in Armenia

Ancient History Encyclopedia in Armenia

In 2016, Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) received a grant from the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies to complete a grant project that would entail the writing and publishing of content on topics related to ancient and early medieval Armenian history and culture. Generous funding from the National Association for Armenian …

The treaty of Nvarsag: a document of Human Rights

The treaty of Nvarsag: a document of Human Rights

Editor’s note: This extraordinary history comes from the voluminous Arak-29 library. It was originally published in 1984, on the 1500th anniversary of the Treaty of Nvarsag, by Dr. Thomas J. Samuelian for the Eastern Prelacy of the United States when it was under the tutelage of Archbishop Mesrop Ashjian. By: Dr. Tom J. Samuelian In 301 A.D. …

Notable Cinematic Portrayals of the Armenian Genocide

Notable Cinematic Portrayals of the Armenian Genocide

The article has been published with the 106th anniversary of the genocide approaching, here are some films which can help you better understand the events. This week marks the date we officially commemorate the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Many people are not aware that it marked the first time that Western governments, including …

Artaxiad Dynasty – Ancient Armenia

Artaxiad Dynasty - Ancient Armenia

The Artaxiad (Artashesian) dynasty ruled ancient Armenia from c. 200 BCE to the first decade of the 1st century CE. Founded by Artaxias I, the dynasty would ensure Armenia enjoyed a sustained period of prosperity and regional importance. One of several important Artaxiad rulers was Tigranes the Great, who greatly expanded his kingdom before its ultimate defeat to …

Teghenyats Monastery and Medieval Armenia

Teghenyats Monastery and Medieval Armenia

Tsaghkunyats mountain range The Teghenyats Monastery is located in a forested fold of the Tsaghkunyats mountain range. It’s set between two streams, with a distant view of Mt. Ararat. The monument has sheep and horse-shaped tombstones, an impressive half-intact gavit (narthex) next to the ruined sanctuary (12th century) and parts of a monumental dining room (13th c.). …

The story of the Khachatryan family of Norshen

The story of the Khachatryan family of Norshen

My grandfather survived the Armenian Genocide. His name was Khachik Gevorgi Khachatryan and he was born in 1910 in the village of Norshen, located in the Artske-Aljavaz district of the province of Van. His mother, Gyozal Muradi Lputyan (circa 1882-1957) and sister Mariam (Far’è) Gevorgi Khachatryan (1907-1992) also survived. They later told my grandmother Shushik, …

The Origin Of Gothic Architecture

The Origin Of Gothic Architecture

Christian architecture in Armenia is a form of architecture very unique to the nation. It’s original, unlike some of the surviving monuments of the pre-Christian era,  which had Assyrio-Babylonian, Hellenic or Roman influences. Some historians of art believe that Christian Armenian architecture was the prototype of modern Gothic Architecture that flourished in Europe during the high and …

Egypt’s White Monastery – Deir el-Abiad

Egypt’s White Monastery – Deir el-Abiad

One of the most impressive monasteries under the Armenians during the 11th and 12th centuries is the White Monastery (Deir el-Abiad) near Sohag, situated about 500km south of Cairo and northwest from Aswan. Originally built in 4th century as a Coptic Church by St. Shenute’s uncle, it was also a place of exile for Bahram …