The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the Oral Tradition to the Golden Age

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A comprehensive anthology of Armenian literature from its origins to the end of the Golden Age, in English translation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814328156
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
Transcription of the Armenian Alphabet 13
Introduction 17
1 The Oral Tradition 23
2 Epic Tales 27
Hayk and Bel 28
The Legend of Aram 33
Ara the Fair and Shamiram 35
Shamiram's Death 39
3 Armenian Epics: Second Cycle 43
Tigran and Azhdahak 43
The Dying Words of King Artashes 55
Reign of Artavazd, the explusion of his brothers and sisters, and his death with its allegory 56
4 Lyric Poetry 59
The Wedding of Satenik 60
The Birth of Vahagn, King of Armenia 61
5 Armenian Mythology 63
Khaldi 65
Hayk 65
Ara 66
Vahagn 66
Aramazd 67
Anahit 67
Nane 68
Mihr 68
Astghik 69
Tir 69
The Main Features of Armenian Mythology 70
About the Armenian Calendar 72
6 The Conversion to Christianity 75
7 The Armenian Alphabet 83
8 The Golden Age 93
The Translation of the Bible 96
The Translators 98
The Hellenophile School 100
Later Translators 102
Original Literature 104
9 Sahak Partev 107
Today, Coming to Bethany 108
The King Has Come to Earth 109
10 Mesrop Mashtots 111
The Seas of My Behavior 113
I Flounder 113
My Sins Are Too Multitudinous 114
Help Us in Need 114
Lord of Peace 114
11 Agathangelos 117
History of the Armenians 122
12 Koriun 149
The Story of the Life and Death of the Blessed Man, St. Mashtots Vardapet, Our Translator by His Pupil, Koriun Vardapet 152
13 Pavstos Buzand 183
The Epic Histories 188
The Bewitchment of King Arshak 208
14 Ghazar Parpetsi 213
Letter of Ghazar Parpetsi 217
15 Yeghishe 239
History of Vardan and the Armenian War 243
16 Yeznik Koghbatsi 267
Refutation of the Sects 271
17 Davit Anhaght (David the Invincible) 287
Definitions and Divisions of Philosophy 290
18 Movses Khorenatsi 305
The History of Movses Khorenatsi 311
19 St. Shushanik 341
The Martyrdom of Shushanik 343
20 The Golden Age: Minor Writers 359
21 Catholicos Giut 363
The Letter from Bishop Giut to St. Vache, Full of God's Heavenly Grace 364
22 Hovhan Mandakuni 371
Holy Translators' Canon 372
Appendixes 373
Bibliography 381
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