Hovhannes Masehyan

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Hovhannes Masehyan
Hovhannes Massehian.jpg
1st Ambassador of Persia to Japan
In office
1930–1931
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Hassanali Kamal Hedayat
Ambassador of Persia to United Kingdom
(Minister Plenipotentiary)
In office
1927–1929
Preceded by Hassan Taqizadeh
Constituency Abdul Ali Khan Sadigh-es-Saltaneh
Persian Ambassador to Germany
Assumed office
1912
Member National Consultative Majlis
In office
1927–1927
Preceded by vacant
Succeeded by Hovsep Mirzaians
Personal details
Born 1864
Tehran,
Died 1931 (aged 66–67)
Kharbin,
Resting place Cemetery of Surp Minas Chapel, Vanak, Tehran
Nationality Iranian Armenian
Occupation Politician, Diplomat
Profession Translator


Hovhannes Khan Masehyan (Armenian: Հովհաննես Մասեհյան, February 23, 1864 in Tehran - November 19, 1931 in Kharbin) was a Iranian Armenian translator and diplomat, well known as the translator of Shakespeare's and Byron's works into Armenian. Since 1912 he was the Persian Ambassador to Germany. From 1927 to 1929 he was the Persian Ambassador to the Great Britain. He was the first Ambassador of Persia in Japan.[1]

Masehyan's translation of Hamlet was printed in 1894 by the Armenian publishing society. Hovhannes Hovhannisyan and Hovhannes Tumanyan praised this translation in their reviews. According to Gevorg Emin, Masehian's translations are "excellent" and "sound so wonderful in Armenian".[2] The polished and refined translations by Masehyan have always been among the greatest treasures in the long history of Armenian translation activities.[3]

Masehyan was the editor of Shavigh Armenian journal (Tehran, 1894).

As a diplomat, he was responsible for introducing Western political thought and technological innovations into Iran.[4] He was a delegate to the Sixth Majles. Masehyan died in Kharbin and was buried in Tehran.

References[edit]

  1. ^ V. Vardanyan, "Hovhannes Masehyan"
  2. ^ Seven songs of Armenia, by Gevorg Emin, 1970 - Page 211
  3. ^ ON THE TRANSLATION OF LORD BYRON’S MANFRED INTO ARMENIAN
  4. ^ The Armenians of Iran: The Paradoxical Role of a Minority, by Cosroe Chaquèri - 1998, p. 59