Here is a fully annotated translation of an Armenian literary classic, the first made from the critical Armenian text.
The sixth-century History of Vardan and the Armenian War describes a revolt of Armenians against the shah of Sasanian Iran in 450-451 in protest against the persecution of Christianity. Elishē uses this occasion to express in more general terms his attitude as a Christian Armenian to the problems of cultural survival and patriotism in a hostile environment. His history profoundly influenced Armenian writers from classical times to the present; its hero, Vardan, remains the ideal figure of a patriot even in Soviet Armenia. Mr. Thomson's introduction places the work in its historical context, while extensive notes identify people and places, explain allusions, and clarify details of the account.
About the Author
Robert W. Thomson was Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Vardan and the Armenian War
Appendix: The Armenian War According to Lazar P'arpets'i
Index of Scriptural Quotations and Allusions
Map: The Armenia of Elishē