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Ghazar Parprtsi
The classical period of the early Armenian historiography closes with the “History of Armenians”of Ghazar Parpetsi (441/443-510/515).

Parpetsi was born in the Village Parpi of the Province Aragatsotn.

He spent his childhood with the famous general Vahan Mamikonian.

Following Vardanants War, together with Mamikonian family, he was taken to Georgia where he got his primary education. Ordained as a clergyman, Parpetsi continued his study in Byzantium. Back to Armenia, he was engaged in teaching work.

After the Vahanants War against Persian rule which sought religious, cultural and political assimilation, Parpetsi, a participant of the war, was appointed by Vahan Mamikonian as the leader of the Etchmiadzin Monastery.

He reformed the Monastery and put in order the congragation affairs. Gifted, erudite and intelligent, Parpetsi won enemies undergoing their calumny and persecution that made him leave the country.

He wrote a letter to Vahan called “Epistle to Vahan Mamikonian”, refuting their false charges.

By the invitation of the general, Parpetsi returned to Armenia and was charged with writing the history of Armenians (end of the 5th c.), which comprises 387-484 AD, starting where Buzand ended, from the first partition of Armenia to the Vahanants War.

The historian used works of Agathangelos, Koriun, Buzand, Yeghishe. It consists of 3 parts.

The first part describes the Persian oppression in Eastern Armenia causing political and economic decay of the country, closing with the decline of the Armenian Arshakuni dynasty in 428 and the deaths of Sahak Partev and Mesrop Mashtots.

The second part is dedicated to the Vardanants War, with events preceding and following.

The third part is the account of the Vahanants War in 481-484.

With the land in disarray and amid great chaos Vahan Mamikonian, in alliance with the Church, entered the stage to lead another and unprecedented rebellion against the Persian throne.

Vahan Mamikonian launched what could be regarded as the first Armenian guerrilla war against foreign occupation.

A national, patriotic warrior, he is also presented as a Christian warrior fighting in defence of faith and Church.

Parpetzi lionized Vahan Mamikonian depicting him as both a courageous fighter and brilliant guerrilla tactician..

The national celebrations of the military and political victory and the appointment of Vahan Mamikonian as marzpan (governor) of Armenia conclude the book.

With the “Epistle to Vahan Mamikonian” the genre of letters was introduced into the Armenian literature.

Parpetsi was described as an “orator-historian”.

Parpetsi’s “History of Armenians” was translated into French.
 
 
 
Writer: Hasmik Muradyan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 
 
 Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 08:29:45 
 




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