Category «Interesting»

Chronology of the Collapse and Disappearance of States Following the Policy of Extermination of Armenia and Armenians

Chronology of the Collapse and Disappearance

This chronology could be perceived as mystical if it were not for the clear presence of regularity, logic, and a cause-and-effect series in it. The circumstances of each period are unique, but there was a common factor that united them: it was the Armenians who compactly inhabited their motherland. For example, after 1045, most of …

Beautiful Illustrations from the Life of Armenians

Beautiful Illustrations from the Life of Armenians

Yet another selection of beautiful, old illustrations and paintings on Armenian themes collected and published by the team of PeopleOfAr. It is remarkable and pleasant that Armenians with their culture and way of life have inspired artists and other cultural figures from all around the world over centuries. Old images, miniatures, and paintings showcased in …

The Armenian Language is Taught at Michigan State University

The Armenian Language is Taught

In 2016, the State News reported that the Armenian language was included into the educational program of the Michigan State University. The Armenian language became one of the additional less-common languages to be taught at the university. The American educational organization Mellon Foundation sponsored the introduction of those languages into the MSU’s educational program. The …

A Russian Expedition to Find Noah’s Ark in 2003

A Russian Expedition to Find Noah’s Ark

In early fall in 2003, a Russian expeditionary group climbed the site on Mount Ararat that could hold Noah’s Ark. The head of the expedition Andrei Polyakov shared his experience with the Russian newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. Polyakov: The story of Noah’s Ark attracted me during my study at the Institute of Asian and African Countries …

Armenians in the NASA Mars Curiosity Mission

Armenians in the NASA Mars Curiosity Mission

14 Armenian scientists participated in the NASA Curiosity Martian rover project. Among them were the head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Arbi Karapetian, electronics specialists Avo Demirjian, Vatche Vorperian, Alfred Hashaki, Felix Sargsian, Hrayr Anitablian, as well as specialists of landing control Karen Khanoian and Richard Ohanian. Apart from that, Serzh Zadurian and Vazrik …

The Armenian Name of the Milky Way Galaxy

The Armenian Name of the Milky Way Galaxy

Ancient Armenians were well-informed in astronomy. In fact, the oldest known observatories are located in Armenia. Karahunj dated to 4,200 BC and the observatory at Metsamor dated to 2,800 BC gave the ancient Armenians the opportunity to develop refined knowledge of geometry. This knowledge would allow the Armenians to measure distances, longitudes, latitudes, imagine the …

The Aranese Dialect and Ancient Armenians

The Aranese Dialect and Ancient Armenians

About 1,000 years ago, the whole population of southern France and northern Spain spoke the Aranese dialect, a variety of the Occitan language spoken in northwestern Catalonia. Catalan is a variety of the Occitan language as well. In 2010, the Aranese dialect was named the third official language of Catalonia. Today, the Aranese dialect belongs …

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

Stones are like people in some sense. Some of them stand shoulder to shoulder in masonry, their main feature being the absence of any individual features. Other stones are unique and even exceptional. One could long argue which is more important, but most will probably want to see something new and unique. Stone with the …

Map of the Caucasus by Christopher Weigel – 1720

Map of the Caucasus by Christopher Weigel – 1720

German printer and engraver Christopher Weigel portrayed the Armenian territory as a land between the Caspian and Black Seas. Armenia has been greatly heartened up by the emergence of a new generation of artists, lyricists, and songwriters led by the legendary Armenian musician and poet Sayat-Nova. British historian and author Christopher J. Walker writes in …

Mount Ara and Cave of Resurrection

Mount Ara and Cave of Resurrection

The representation of the Armenian Highlands as the region feeding Western Asia strengthened in early Chalcolithic when the trade relations between the Near Eastern states became more intense. The piece of territory that supplied Mesopotamia with not only water but also metals, woods, dyes, and building materials has become increasingly considered legendary. This belief was …

Ancient Petroglyphs of Armenia

Ancient Petroglyphs of Armenia

The multitude of rock carvings (also known as petroglyphs) discovered in Armenia testifies to the millennia-old history of the rock art in the region. In the Armenian Highlands, the petroglyphic art has developed since the Neolithic and has peaked in the Bronze Age. Apart from artistic purposes, rock carvings have been a communication means because …