Avarayr’s lessons – For the Armenian elite

In the video below the author, candidate of historical sciences Artak Movsisyan tells about the period of the history of Armenia covering the coming to power of Parthian dynasty Arshakuni as well as its fall. Particular attention is given to the period that preceded the Avarayr battle. According to the author, the study of history …

Armenian Writings of Leonardo da Vinci

Armenian Writings of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of …

Exhibition “Armenia, A Legend of Being”

Exhibition “Armenia, A Legend of Being”

About a year ago the Russian audience was given an opportunity to witness more than 160 unique Armenian showpieces in the State Historical Museum of Russia. The exhibits had been transferred to the museum from the History Museum of Armenia, Etchmiadzin Cathedral Museum, and the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran). Introduced exhibits have …

Map of The Empire of Tigranes II The Great

Map of The Empire of Tigranes II The Great

The area of the territory under rule of the King of Armenian Kingdom Tigranes the Great exceeded three million square kilometers. For comparison, the territory of Soviet Armenia with its 30,000 square kilometers was only 1% of that vast territory. Together with Artsakh the area of modern Armenia is estimated to be about 42 thousand …

Armenian-American Inventor Oscar Banker – Asatour Sarafian

Armenian-American Inventor Oscar Banker

Armenian-American inventor Oscar H. Banker (born Asatour Sarafian; 1895 – January 1979) developed and patented many devices, including an automatic transmission for automobiles, the needleless inoculation gun, the primary controls of the first Sikorsky helicopter, and power steering. He is considered by some people as the “father of automatic transmission.” Asatour Sarafian was born in …

DNA Analysis of Armenians

DNA Analysis of Armenians

Fifty years ago it was impossible to analyze DNA. Few decades later there was some progress, but such an analysis was still more close to fantasy than reality. More recently the ghostly possibility of this kind of analysis cost a very large amount of money while today it is quite common. The ease of DNA …

Armenia And Ancient Egypt

It appears that Armenians might be the only survived nation tradition, mythology and language of which kept the significance and meanings of forgotten Sumer, Mesopotamia and Egypt cultures. Hardly preserved, scarred fragments of the ancient Armenian culture can serve as a bridge to understanding the historical experience and values of the said cultures. In the …

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wore Armenian Apparel

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wore Armenian Apparel

French writer, thinker and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau preferred to wear Armenian clothes. In the painting from the public library of the University of Geneva Rousseau is captured in an Armenian costume. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is buried in the commune of Ermenonville in northern France. For the first time the castle of Ermenonville was mentioned in 9th century …

Ancient Extraterrestrial Civilizations

Ancient Extraterrestrial Civilizations

About 45 thousand years ago astronauts from the planet Marduk arrived on Earth and built its first city, a spaceport not far away from mountain Ararat, which served as an excellent landmark for landing shuttles called as Sippar (city of birds). “Stairway to Heaven”, Zecharia Sitchin (1980). Theories about such distant events on Earth, especially …

Ancient Armenian Deities

Ancient Armenian Deities

Mythology of Armenian tribes and later the Armenian nation itself represents pantheons belonging to different periods of history of Armenia. Originally Urartian in nature, the pantheon was similar to religions of Near East’s states. There are signs which indicate that the ancient Armenians were initially nature worshipers and that this faith in time was transformed …

World’s First Book of Arithmetic Tasks

World’s First Book of Arithmetic Tasks

The world’s first textbook of arithmetic tasks was compiled by Armenian scientist, mathematician of 5th-6th cc. David the Invincible (Դավիթ Անհաղթ). A copy of this task book is now kept in the Matenadaran (Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) in Yerevan, Armenia. Biographical information about David is quite scanty. He was born approximately in mid-seventies …

Armenia Has Never Been Conquered By Alexander The Great

“Armenia Has Never Been Conquered

Armenia has been never conquered by Alexander the Great and has never been a part of his empire. Tran, a historian at the University of Cambridge, in his study of the conquests of Alexander noted: “Alexander the Great appointed Mithrenes as the satrap (the governor of provinces of the ancient Median and Achaemenid Empires and …

“United Kingdom Is In Debt To Armenia”

“United Kingdom Is In Debt To Armenia”

Armenian geologist Suren Ayvazyan was certain that United Kingdom owed Armenia billion in unknown currency. According to some information and him particularly, in 1378 the king of Armenian Kingdom Cilicia Leo V (Levon V, occasionally Levon VI) transferred the treasury of the kingdom to the King of England Edward III for safekeeping. Two monarchs signed …

The map of Armenia from Kircher’s Book “Noah’s Ark”

The map of Armenia from Kircher’s Book “Noah's Ark”

According to the map of Athanasius Kircher (sometimes erroneously spelled Kirchner) from the 1675 book “Noah’s Ark“, the Heaven was located near Ararat mount and the Armenian Upland, between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Armenia was considered to be the whereabouts of the Paradise. Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was a German Jesuit scholar, erudite, philosopher, mathematician, …

Gorgin Khan – Armenians of India

Gorgin Khan – Armenians of India

Gorgin Khan (also known as Griogor Harutyunyan) was the commander of the Bengal army and is national hero of India. For participation in the significant liberation struggle of the Indian people against Britain Armenians received great respect from their Hindu allies. In the days of victory over the enemy in the cities and villages of …

Map of Armenia By Fernão Vaz Dourado

Map of Armenia By Fernão Vaz Dourado

Portuguese cartographer Fernão Vaz Dourado’s map below depicts Lesser Armenia (Փոքր Հայք) and Greater Armenia (Մեծ Հայք). The main river tributaries extend through the Black and Caspian Seas, occupying territories that are now known as Georgia, Azerbaijan and most of eastern Turkey, including Mount Ararat. The map belongs to the third period of the old …