The Ashkharhs of Greater Armenia

The Ashkharhs of Greater Armenia

Ancient Armenia consisted of administrative units called “ashkharhs” (“world” in Armenian), which could be deemed analogous to modern states. Each of the ashkharhs had broad self-management capabilities. Essentially, an ashkharh was an autonomous monarchy with its own ruling dynasty, culture, cuisine, traditions, and dialect of the Armenian language. The significant differences in the traditions and …

Yeghishe – Teachings of Creation – 5th Century

Yeghishe – Teachings of Creation – 5th Century

“After the dissolution of the unified language, a beauty formed: the tender Greek language, the acute Latin, the threatening Hunnish, the beseeching Syriac, the luxurious Persian, colorful Alanian, the mocking Gothic, the Egyptian that as if comes from a secret place, the chirping Indian, and the tasteful Armenian that could collect all the languages in …

Artik, Armenia – Cultural Chronology of Bronze Age

Artik, Armenia – Cultural Chronology of Bronze Age

Among the Armenian settlements that could shed some light on the chronology of the Bronze Age culture of ancient populations of the Armenian Highlands is Artik, a no less important site than Lchashen. One could draw many parallels between the archaeological finds in Artik and Lchashen. The bronze tools and weaponry discovered in Artik are …

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 …

Armenian Rare Books at an Exhibition in Prague

Armenian Rare Books at an Exhibition

Being the largest historic-architectural complex of Prague, Clementinum – now the location of the Prague National Library – is a frequent location to host prestigious exhibitions. Here in 2015 was showcased the oldest Czech manuscript, the Codex Vyssegradensis created in 1085. In 2016, Clementinum held an exhibition titled “Armenian book art over centuries.” The curator …

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 …

The Feast of the Consecration of Grapes Was Today

The Feast of the Consecration of Grapes

Once every year, on a Sunday closest to the middle of August, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Transfiguration of the Mother of God, which is otherwise referred to as the feast of the consecration of grapes. On the day of this church holiday, all temples of Armenia are filled with the followers of the …

An Exceptionally Rare Armenian Manuscript Featured in an American Museum

An Exceptionally Rare Armenian Manuscript

The American FineBooks Magazine some time ago reported that the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art of Kansas City had acquired an exceptionally rare manuscript written and illustrated by a 17th-century Armenian manuscript illuminator Mesrop of Khizan (ca. 1560 – ca. 1652). This manuscript named “London Gospel” bears immeasurable cultural value. It represents the faith and religious …

History of Armenians in Israel

History of Armenians in Israel

A small share of the Armenian Diaspora dwells in Israel. Most of the Israeli Armenians lives in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem. However, there are also few Armenian families living in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, and Ramla. In the recent years, a fairly numerous commune was formed in Petah Tikva. Its founders had come from …