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Oxford Early Christian Texts

The Life of Mashtots' by his Disciple Koriwn

Translated from the Classical Armenian with Introduction and Commentary

Abraham Terian

The Life of Mashtots' by his Disciple Koriwn

Oxford Early Christian Texts

The Life of Mashtots' by his Disciple Koriwn

Translated from the Classical Armenian with Introduction and Commentary

Oxford Early Christian Texts: The Life of Mashtots' by his Disciple Koriwn

 

Translated from the latest Armenian edition of the text (2003), this is a scholarly edition with an introduction, facing-page English translation, and commentary. The Life of the Mashtots' praises for the inventor of the Armenian alphabet and progenitor of Armenian literacy that began with the translation of the Bible.


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The Life of Mashtots' is mostly praise for the inventor of the Armenian alphabet—the only inventor of an ancient alphabet known by name—and progenitor of Armenian literacy that began with the translation of the Bible. Written three years after his death, by an early disciple named Koriwn, it narrates the master's endeavors in search for letters, the establishment of schools, and the ensuing literary activity that yielded countless translations of religious
texts known in the Early Church of the East. As an encomium from Late Antiquity, The Life of Mashtots' exhibits all the literary features of the genre to which it belongs, delineated through rhetorical analysis by Abraham Terian, who comments on the entire document almost phrase by phrase.

Translated from the latest Armenian edition of the text (2003), this edition of The Life of Mashtots' includes a facing English translation and commentary. The extraordinary narrative parades historical characters including the Patriarch of the Armenian Church, Catholicos Sahak (d. 439), the Arsacid King of Armenia, Vramshapuh (r. 401-417), and the Roman Emperor of the East, Theodosius II (r. 408-450). Koriwn is an eminently inspiring rhetorical writer and one of the first four authors
known to write in the newly invented script. The marked influence of The Life of Mashtots' is discernible in subsequent Armenian writings of the fifth century, dubbed 'The Golden Era'.


ISBN
9780192847416
Pagina's
208
Verschijnt
Serie
Oxford Early Christian Texts
NUR
683
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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