Robert H. Hewsen

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Robert H. Hewsen
BornMay 20, 1934
New York City, US
DiedNovember 17, 2018[1]
Fresno, CA
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materGeorgetown University
Known forArmenia: A Historical Atlas (2001)
Scientific career
FieldsHistory of Armenia and the Caucasus
InstitutionsRowan University
Doctoral advisorCyril Toumanoff

Robert H. Hewsen (born Robert H. Hewsenian;[2] May 20, 1934 – November 17, 2018) was an Armenian-American historian and professor of history at Rowan University. He was an expert on the ancient history of the South Caucasus.[3] Hewsen is the author of Armenia: A Historical Atlas (2001), a major reference book,[4] acclaimed as an important achievement in Armenian studies.[5][6]


Hewsen was born Robert H. Hewsenian[2] in New York City in 1934 to Armenian American parents. His father came to the U.S. from Smyrna (now Izmir).[7]

He spent seven years in Europe with the US Air Force and studying.[8] He received his B.A. in history from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1967. The same year he joined the history department of Rowan University, where he taught Byzantine and Russian history for more than 30 years. After retiring from Rowan University in July 1999, Professor Hewsen lectured at University of Chicago, Columbia University, California State University, Fresno and University of California, Los Angeles.[9]

Professor Hewsen was also the co-founder and president of the Society for the Study of Caucasia.


Hewsen wrote many books and articles on the history of the Caucasus, especially Armenia. His seminal contribution to the field is Armenia: A Historical Atlas (2001). The book received wide critical acclaim.[10][11] In his review Michael E. Stone wrote: "Robert Hewsen has prepared an opus magnum that has no rival in Armenian studies. This pioneering and largely definitive work is the best atlas of Armenia ever prepared."[5] Merrill D. Peterson wrote that it "may by itself be considered a monument of American scholarship."[12] Charles King wrote that the book is an "outstanding achievement not only as a geographical reference but also as a guide to the demographic and political history of the entire Caucasus."[13] Adam T. Smith wrote of the Atlas as "an important milestone in the development of Armenian studies."[6] Anthony Kaldellis stated that "For the historical geography of Armenia, the maps in Hewsen, Armenia, are invaluable."[14]

  • Armenia: A Historical Atlas. University of Chicago Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-226-33228-4.
  • Ethno-history and the Armenian influence upon the Caucasian Albanians. Classical Armenian culture: Influence and creativity. Philadelphia: Scholars Press. 1982.
  • The Geography of Ananias of Širak (Ašxarhacʻoycʻ): The Long and the Short Recensions. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag. 1992. ISBN 3-88226-485-3.
Book chapters
  • Samuelian, Thomas J.; Stone, Michael E., eds. (1984). "The Kingdom of Arc'ax". Medieval Armenian Culture. University of Pennsylvania Armenian Texts and Studies. Chico, California: Scholars Press.
  • Hewsen, Robert H. (Spring 1968). "Science in Seventh-Century Armenia: Ananias of Širak". Isis. 59 (1): 32–45. doi:10.1086/350333. S2CID 145014073.
  • "The Autumn Glossary". Armenian Review. 13 (3): 90–93. Autumn 1960.
  • "The Legend of Akhtamar (A Ballad)". Armenian Review. 12 (2): 64–66. Summer 1959.
  • Anatolia and Historical Concepts // The California Institute for Ancient Studies, a Velikovskian site
  • North Central Armenia, I: The Principality of Tayk. (Article, perhaps unpublished) [15]


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  2. ^ a b "Volume 12 (1959-1960)". The Armenian Review. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  3. ^ de Waal, Thomas (2003). Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War. New York: New York University Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-8147-1945-9. ...the [Caucasian] Albanian question. Fortunately, Professor Robert Hewsen of Rowan College, New Jersey, the foremost expert on this period of Caucasian history, was able to advise.
  4. ^ Hovannisian, Richard G. (2002). Armenian Tsopk/Kharpert. Mazda Publishers. p. xiv. ...and recently published Armenia: A Historical Atlas, a major reference work with an extensive bibliography.
  5. ^ a b "Armenia: A Historical Atlas by Robert H. Hewsen Review by: Michael E. Stone". Slavic Review. 62 (1): 174–175. Spring 2003.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Adam T. (2004). Tsetskhladze,Gocha (ed.). Ancient West and East, Volume 3. Brill. pp. 186–188.
  7. ^ Ghazarian, Salpi (July 2001). "Armenia: More Than A Historical Atlas". Armenian International Magazine: 70.
  8. ^ Biographical note in Ararat magazine, 1961[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "News of Members". Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Armenia: A Historical Atlas by Robert H. Hewsen Review by: Nicholas B. Breyfogle". Russian Review. 66 (1): 136–137. January 2007. Robert Hewsen is to be vigorously applauded for the publication of his historical atlas of Armenia.
  11. ^ Whitby, Mary (2007). Byzantines and Crusaders in Non-Greek Sources, 1025-1204. British Academy. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-19-726378-5. Excellent atlas that, despite its title, encompasses the whole of Caucasia, including the various Georgian lands.
  12. ^ Peterson, Merrill D. (2004). "Starving Armenians": America and the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1930 and After. University of Virginia Press. p. 174.
  13. ^ King, Charles. The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus: A History of the Caucasus. Oxford University Press. p. 269.
  14. ^ Kaldellis, Anthony (2019). Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium. Harvard University Press. p. 313. ISBN 9780674986510.
  15. ^ Full text of Robert W. Edwards: The Vale of Kola: A Final Preliminary Report on the Marchlands of Northeast Turkey. – the following mention in the text: "In his forthcoming article “North Central Armenia, I: The Principality of Tayk'” R. Hewsen accepts Adontz's identification (Armenia, 21 f, 68*) of Buxa in the Gahnamak with the gawat of Botxa in the Asxarhac‘oyc‘ to conclude that the Dimak‘seans controlled one of the three principalities of Tayk."

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