Aristakes Lastivertsi

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Aristakes Lastivertsi (Armenian: Արիստակես Լաստիվերցի; 1002 – 1080[1]) was a medieval Armenian historian and chronicler. The author of many works, Aristakes' most valuable contribution in the field of the historiography was his History: About the Sufferings Visited Upon by Foreign Peoples Living Around Us (Պատմություն: մեր շրջապատի այլացեղ ազգերից մեզ հասած արհավիրքների մասին), which described Armenia's relations with the Byzantine Empire and Georgia and the devastating Seljuk invasions of the 11th century.

Biography[edit]

Once thought to have been born in a village with either the name Lastivard or Lastivert, scholars now believe that Aristakes was born in a village, possibly near the city of Artsn, called Lastiver.[2] Details about his life are fragmented. As a vardapet, he was well versed in Christian theology and knew Greek and probably several other languages. He wrote his history from 1072 to 1079, without the support of a patron, recounting contemporary history of which he was an eyewitness. Composed of 25 chapters and a unique colophon, Aristakes describes the Seljuk invasions in 1047-48 through the capture of Ani in 1064 and the Battle of Manzikert (1071).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Armenian) Manukyan, Gurgen. "Introduction" in Արիստակես Լաստիվերցի: Պատմություն (Aristakes Lastivertsi: History). A. Abrahamyan (ed.) Yerevan, Armenian SSR: Hayastan Publishing, 1971, pp. vii-viii.
  2. ^ Manukyan. "Introduction", p. vii.
  3. ^ Manukyan. "Introduction", pp. x-xi.

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