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Occupation(s)Composer, poet, pedagogue

Sahakdukht (Armenian: Սահակադուխտ, "daughter of Sahak") was an Armenian composer of hymns, poet, and pedagogue who lived in the 8th century[1].

An ascetic, she lived in a cave in the Garni Gorge, near present-day Yerevan; there she produced ecclesiastical poems as well as liturgical chants.

Of these, the only one to survive is Srbuhi Mariam ("Saint Mary"), a nine-stanza acrostic verse. It is believed that many of her hymns were dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Some are supposed to have helped to further shape the genre in subsequent centuries. Sahakduxt is also known to have taught lay music lovers and clerical students a number of sacred melodies.


Her brother was the music theorist Stepanos Syunetsi.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Stephen Cushman, Clare Cavanagh, Jahan Ramazani, Paul Rouzer. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition. — 4. — Princeton University Press, 2012. — P. 83.


  • Arzruni, Şahan. "Sahakduxt (fl. early 8th century). Armenian hymnographer, poet and pedagogue." New Grove (Norton) Dictionary of Women Composers. Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel, eds. New York-London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1995. pp. 400–401.