Mjej I Gnuni

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Mjej I Gnuni
Marzban of Persian Armenia
In office
Monarch Kavadh I
Khosrow I
Preceded by Unknown
Succeeded by Gushnasp Bahram
Personal details
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Marzpanate Armenia

Mjej I Gnuni (Armenian: Մժեժ Ա Գնունի), was an Armenian nobleman from the Gnuni family, who served as the marzban of Persian Armenia from 518 to 548.

Between 515-516, several Hunnic tribes kept making incursions into Armenia. Mjej then decided to organize a counter-attack, where he managed to successfully repel them. As a reward, the Sassanian shah Kavadh I appointed him as the marzban of Armenia in 518. According to Samuel Anetsi: "after the patrician Vard Mamikonian, brother of Vahan, the Persian marzbans ruled Armenia for 11 years. The government of Armenia then passed to Mjej of the Gnuni family, who held it for thirty years". During this period, Mjej maintained religious peace. In 527, he repelled other Hunnic invasions. In 548, he was succeeded by Gushnasp Bahram.


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Preceded by
Several Persian marzbans
Marzban of Persian Armenia
Succeeded by
Gushnasp Bahram