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Abchasia

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(᾽Αβασγία), northern portion of ancient Colchis bordering on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. In the 4th C. Abchasia became part of the kingdom of Lazika; it probably developed ...

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Armenian literature

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Armenian literature begins with the invention of an individual script by Mesrop Mas̆tocʼ (c.360–439). Although familiar with Greek and Syriac, Armenian church leaders needed a written form...

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Łazar of P῾arpi

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Or Łazar P῾arpec῾i, Armenian historian; born in P῾arpi below Mt. Aragats, fl. second half of the 5th C. Brought up with Vahan Mamikonean in Georgia after the suppression of the ...

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Moses Xorenac῾i

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(“from Xorean [or Xoren],” an unknown town), in Armenian tradition, “the father of history.” The reliability and date of his History are still debated. This important work, the first...

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St Gregory the Illuminator

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Religion.

(c.240–?332),

‘Apostle of Armenia’. Apparently brought up as a Christian while in exile in Cappadocia, after his return to Armenia he converted the King, Tiridates (289–?330), to...

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Trdat the Great

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Τηριδάτης), first Christian Arsacid king of Armenia and saint. The dates of his reign are still disputed, but the years 298–330 seem most likely since the recently discovered Paikuli...

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