The Armenian History Attributed to Sebeos, Part 1

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Liverpool University Press, 1999 - History - 355 pages
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The History attributed to Sebeos is one of the major works of early Armenian historiography. Although anonymous, it was written in the middle of the seventh century, a time when comparable chronicles in Greek and Syriac are sparse. Sebeos traces the fortunes of Armenia in the sixth and seventh centuries within the broader framework of the Byzantine-Sasanian conflict. Comprising two volumes, part 1 (240 pages) is the translation and notes followed by part 2 (216 pages) which contains the historical commentary, this excellent publication will be of interest to all those involved in the study of Armenia, the Caucasus, the Eastern Roman Empire and the Middle East in late antiquity. It will be of particular value to Islamicists, since Sebeos not only sets the scene for the coming of Islam, but provides the only substantial non-Muslim account of the initial period of expansion.

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About the author (1999)

Robert Thomson read Classics at Cambridge University, then studied Armenian at SOAS and Louvain. His PhD thesis was on Syriac versions of works by Athanasius. In 1969 he was appointed Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard, and served as Director of Dumbarton Oaks from 1984 to 1989. Since1992 he has been Calousete Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies at Oxford Univesity. His mos recent work is a study with dual translation of the Georgian Chronicles and their medieval Armenian adaptation (Oxford Oriental Monographs, 1996).

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