Vard Mamikonian

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Vard Mamikonian
Վար Մամիկոնյան
Marzban of Persian Armenia
In office
505/510–509/514
Monarch Kavadh I
Preceded by Vahan I Mamikonian
Succeeded by Several Persian Marzbans
Personal details
Born 450
Died 509/514
Religion Christianity

Vard Mamikonian (Armenian: Վար Մամիկոնյան) was a Armenian nobleman from the Mamikonian family. He served as the marzban of Persian Armenia from 505/510 to 509/514.

Biography[edit]

Vard Mamikonian was the third son of Hmayeak Mamikonian and Dzoyk Artsruni. He had an elder brother named Vahan I Mamikonian including two other brothers named Vasak and Artaxias. During his youth, he was a hostage in Persia, but was later released. In 505/510, he succeeded his elder brother Vahan I Mamikonian as Marzban of Persian Armenia. According to Sebeos and Stepanos Asoghik, Vard carried the Byzantine title of patrikios, however, neither the contemporary historian Ghazar Parpetsi nor other historians mentioned that he carried the title, making it probably a misinterpretation of two historians. Vard was removed from his office four years later and was deported to Persia by order of the Sasanian king Kavadh I, where he died after a short time.

Vard's removal from the Marzban office, put an end to the short-lived Armenian autonomy which lasted ca. 25 years. King Kavadh I, however, maintained religious freedom in Armenia because fear of rebellion, and in order to maintain good relations with the Byzantine Empire.

Sources[edit]

  • Basmadjian, Krikor Jacob (1914). "Chronologie de l’histoire d’Arménie". Revue de l’Orient chrétien (in French) IX (XIX): 293–294. 
  • Grousset, René (1947). Histoire de l’Arménie des origines à 1071 (in French). Paris: Payot. 
  • Toumanoff, Cyrille (1990). "Vice-rois iraniens (Marzpans) d'Arménie". Les dynasties de la Caucasie chrétienne de l'Antiquité jusqu'au xixe siècle : Tables généalogiques et chronologiques (in French). Rome. pp. 506–507. 
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Preceded by
Vahan I Mamikonian
Marzban of Persian Armenia
505/510–509/514
Succeeded by
Several Persian Marzbans