David the Invincible

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David the Invicible
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Definition of Philosophy, ca. 1280 (Matenadaran, Ms. 1746)
Born 6th century AD
Died 6th century AD
Era Ancient philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Neoplatonic school

David the Invincible (Classical Armenian: Դաւիթ Անյաղթ; reformed: Դավիթ Անհաղթ, Davit' Anhağt' ) was a 6th-century Armenian philosopher. He is best known as the author of several works including Definition of Philosophy and Exegesis of Aristotle. He was the member of Neoplatonic school and the founder of a non-religious branch of Medieval Armenian philosophy.


The statue of David Anhaght in Yerevan

David Anhaght was born in Nergin in the Taron province of Armenia.[1] David the Invincible worked out of Alexandria, Egypt and was highly interested in and gave courses on Aristotle's Physics.[2] It is believed that he received the nickname Anhaght, meaning invincible, due to his exceptional oratory and argumentative skills.[1] After spending many years abroad, Anhaght returned to Armenia where he taught philosophy and science.[1] The church, however, was discontented over much of his teachings and he was forced to seek refuge. He ultimately died in Haghbat.[1]



The David Anhaght Medal, the highest-ranking medal granted by the Armenian Academy of Philosophy, is named after him.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d Hacikyan, Agop J. (2000). The heritage of Armenian literature. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press. p. 288. ISBN 0814328156. 
  2. ^ Barnes, textes réunis et édites par Valentina Calzolari et Jonathan (2009). L'œuvre de David l'Invincible et la transmission de la pensée grecque dans la tradition arménienne et syriaque. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004160477. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Grand Medal of David the Invincible". International Progress Organization.