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Raphael Lemkin: The Word Genocide (Video)

Raphael Lemkin: The Word Genocide (Video)

The term Genocide didn’t exist until 1943, when Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined it — pairing the Greek “genos,” meaning race or family, with the Latin “-cidere,” for killing. Raphael Lemkin, as a teenager, paid close attention to the massacre of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and spent his life campaigning …

Was “Mimar Sinan Agha The Grand Architect” An Armenian?

Was “Mimar Sinan Agha The Grand Architect” An Armenian?

Armenians have a rich tradition of being royal architects of the Ottoman empire. Take for example the Balyan family, a prominent Armenian family of Ottoman court architects in the service of sultans for two centuries. However, the ethnic background of the empire’s most outstanding architect “Mimar Sinan” is disputed. There are multiple claims regarding Sinan’s …

Historiography of the military history of Bagratid Armenia

Historiography of the military history of Bagratid Armenia

The strengthening of the Byzantine Empire and the weakening of the Arab Caliphate led to a change in the geopolitical situation in the Caucasus in the late ninth century, which in turn allowed the Armenian state to gain independence from Muslim rule. The newly created state was headed by representatives of the Bagratid family (The Bagratids are an aristocratic noble family whose roots go back to the …

Arsacid Dynasty of Armenia

Arsacid Dynasty of Armenia

The Arsacid (Arshakuni) dynasty of Armenia ruled that kingdom from 12 CE to 428 CE. A branch of the Arsacid dynasty of Parthia, the Armenian princes also played out a prolonged balancing act by remaining friendly to the other great power of the period and region: Rome. As so often before, Armenia continued to be a hotly disputed territory …

Military organization of Bagratid Armenia in the IX-XI centuries

Military organization of Bagratid Armenia in the IX-XI centuries

Published with permission of the author. The original article was published in the collection Days of Science of the Faculty of History: Proceedings of the VIII International Scientific Conference of Young Scientists. Editor-in-Chief: Corresponding Member NASU, prof. V. Kolesnyk (chairman), O. Magdych (ed.). Vip. VIII Part 6. (Kyiv 2015): 17-23. Reference to the article: www.academia.edu Weakening of the Arab Caliphate in the late ninth …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Unearthing Armenia’s Giant – Ancient Earthenware

Unearthing Armenia’s Giant - Ancient Earthenware

These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous value Karine Vann is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn and a storytelling contributor to My Armenia, where she writes about Armenia’s rich natural and cultural heritage. The enormous 240-gallon clay vessel, or karas, was nestled snugly in the corner of Asli Saghatelyan’s maran (storage …

The story of Hasan Jalal Dawla – An Armenian prince of Artsakh

The story of Hasan Jalal Dawla - An Armenian prince of Artsakh

In 1240 CE, an Armenian prince by the name of Hasan Jalal Dawla attended the consecration of the Church of St. John the Baptist (in Armenian, Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich) within the monastic complex of Gandzasar (an Armenian name meaning “mountain of treasure”). The event was held on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Vardavar) and, according to …

History of the Eastern part of Armenia

History of the Eastern part of Armenia

We live in troubled, difficult and sad times. However, we live with anticipation and hope for a good future. The publication of books continues, which can shed new light on the history of the state called Azerbaijan, which now borders on the country of Ararat, its ancient inhabitants with more than 6-7 thousand years of …

‘The Armenian Genocide. Prelude and Aftermath’: Deeper than any dive into America’s haunting archives

'The Armenian Genocide. Prelude and Aftermath': Deeper than any dive into America’s haunting archives

It took over hundred years for the United States to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide. But the evidence was always there, covered extensively by the American press, in words and pictures. While there have been several attempts to collect the reports scattered across different newspapers, a recent sequentially arranged and meticulously indexed multi-volume compilation stands out …

Notable Cinematic Portrayals of the Armenian Genocide

Notable Cinematic Portrayals of the Armenian Genocide

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 the US and Canada, launched …

Armenian Footprint in Architecture of Hagia Sophia

Armenian Footprint in Architecture of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia — former Christian Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Istanbul was transformed into Mosque in 1453 after being conquerred by Osmans. Starting from 1935 the Cathedral was granted the status of museum and monument of Antique architecture. In 1985 it was included in the list of World Heritage by the list of World Heritage by UNESCO. However …