Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

The Grand Duke of Kiev Vladimir the Great (978-1015) married Princess Anna with the aim of increasing prestige and strengthening his power. Many Armenian soldiers, scientists, architects, and Chalcedonians accompanied their compatriot Princess Anna to Kievan Rus’. Vladimir ordered the Armenian architect, who had arrived from Byzantium, to build the Church of the Holy Mother …

Sayings About Turks – The same as before

Sayings About Turks

Sayings from different peoples of the world concerning the Turks seem to be different, but in fact, they all have the same meaning. In the world, there is no other such nation with such unambiguous rating. And if the Turks are a nation, then it is a nation of murderers. People create, the Turks destroy …

The Epic “Enmerkar and the Ruler of Aratta”

The Epic “Enmerkar and the Ruler of Aratta”

In front of me lies a clay tablet. Approximately 4000 years ago, an unknown Sumerian scribe inscribed cuneiform signs on it. The tablet is square, 23 x 23 cm, that is, measures less than a usual sheet of paper for a typewriter. However, the scribe divided this tablet into twelve columns and contrived to fit …

Aralez, the Gods of Ancient Armenians

Aralez, the Gods of Ancient Armenians

Aralez (Արալեզ) or Aralezner (Արալեզներ) (plural) were among the oldest gods of the Armenian pantheon. Aralez is a canine creature with the ability to resurrect fallen warriors by licking their wounds. They were the invisible spirits of dogs. Ara the Beautiful (according to a legend recorded by historian Movses Khorenatsi) Ancient Armenians believed that if …

The Demography of Ancient and Greater Armenia

The Demography of Ancient and Greater Armenia

In the 5th-century “History of Armenia”, an Armenian historian Agatangeghos described the baptism of 4 million Armenians in Greater Armenia in 301 AD. This number may be surprising, given the prevailing opinion about the population of the planet back then. However, after 17 centuries, even more surprising is the fact that in today’s Armenia, the …

Smuggled Armenian Artifacts Discovered in Hungary

Smuggled Armenian Artifacts Discovered in Hungary

In February 2016, the Hungarian police published materials on the smuggling of ancient artifacts brought by a Turkish truck driver to Lithuania. Among the artifacts were ancient Sumerian, Persian, Assyrian, and also Armenian items of the period of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu). Dating back at 900 BC, the artifacts included a helmet, small bells, …

The Mysterious Stairway to the Sky – Armenia

The Mysterious Stairway to the Sky - Armenia

Towering in the canyon of the Arpa River, an isolated rock formation has been long stirring the minds of scientists. An arched bridge leads to the almost 100-meter monolith with steep walls and steps rising to the very top. The monument is traditionally called the Stairway to the Sky, climbing along which allegedly gives the …

The Armenian Language, the Son of the Language of Gods – Alla Ter-Hakobyan

The Armenian Language, the Son of the Language of Gods

The religion of Armenians’ ancestors, their shrines, and “solar” worldview are surprisingly reflected in the Armenian language. In the explanatory dictionary compiled by Aghayan, we counted 371 words with the root “sun” (312 from “arev” and “areg” and 59 from “arpy” (which mean “sun” in Armenian)). And this is without considering the many derivatives in …

The Mystery of Van’s Monster

The Mystery of Van’s Monster

Van is the largest drainage reservoir in the territory of Western Armenia. It was covered by several legends. The Assyrians called it “the sea of the Nairi country”. The Kurds avoided the site, telling horrible stories about the Van Monster. With the development of tourism in the region, rumors arose about the existence of a …

The Karmiravan Monastery – Artsakh – Armenia

The Karmiravan Monastery – Artsakh - Armenia

Historical monuments of Artsakh testify to the presence of early Christians in this region of Armenia. Those are the remains of monastic buildings in the now deserted forest areas. One of them is the forest monastery of Karmiravan (Կարմիրավան) located near the town of Vaghuhas (Վաղուհաս) in the Martakert Region (Մարտակերտի շրջան). It was founded …