Classical Armenian Historical Sources
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5th to 15th Centuries Prepared by Dr. Robert G. Bedrosian
Last updated March 27, 2013
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Ewsebi Pamp'ileay Kesarats'woy zhamanakakank' erkmasneay [Chronicle in Two Parts by Eusebius Pamphili of Caesarea]. Eusebii Pamphili Chronicon Bipartum Graeco-Armeno-Latinum (Venice, 1818). This is the Classical Armenian text of Eusebius' Chronicle or Chronicon with facing Latin translation and surviving Greek fragments. Jean-Baptiste Aucher (Mkrtich' Awgerean), translator and editor. This work is the Western World's first "accurate" chronology of ancient history, by the noteworthy 4th century cleric Eusebius of Caesarea Palestina (ca. 263-339). The author used numerous lost sources, often citing them by name and quoting from them at length. The Greek original has been lost. Only this 5th century grabar translation of both books has survived. In two volumes: volume 1, 471 pdf pages. File size: 27.1 MB; volume 2, 401 pdf pages. File size: 19.6 MB.
Patmut'iwn Aghek'sandri Makedonats'woy [The History of Alexander of Macedon] (Venice, 1842), 225 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. R. T'reants', editor. The fabulous story of Alexander, attributed to Callisthenes, was among the earliest works translated into Classical Armenian after the Bible. Pure 5th century grabar. File size: 3.9 MB.
Labubneay T'ught' Abgaru [Labubna's Letter of Abgar] (Venice, 1868), 99 pdf pages. File size: 4 MB.
Also available: Gherubna Edesats'i t'ught' Abgaru t'agawori Hayots' ew k'arozut'iwnk' srboyn T'ade'i ar'ak'eloy [Gherubna of Edessa's Letter of Abgar, King of the Armenians and the Doctrine of the Blessed Apostle Thaddeus/Addai] (Jerusalem, 1868), 183 pdf pages. File size: 4.4 MB.
Agat'angegheay patmut'iwn hayots' [Agat'angeghos' History of the Armenians] (Venice, 1835), 728 pdf pages. A 5th century account of Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the 4th century. File size: 11.2 MB.
Patmut'iwn varuts' eranelwoy surb vardapetin Mesrovbay zor asats'eal e' norin ashakerdi Korean [Narration of the Life of the Venerable Vardapet Mesrovb, as Recounted by His Student, Koriwn] (Venice, 1854), 65 pdf pages. Also contains the Life of Eghishe Vardapet, and hagiographies of Tatul, Varos, Thomas, and the Advice of Tatul to his student T'ovmas. Sop'erk' haykakank' series, volume 11.
Also available: Koriwn Vardapeti, Mambre'i Vertsanoghi, ew Dawt'i Anhaght'i Matenagrut'iwnk' [Writings of Vardapet Koriwn, Mambre' and David] (Venice, 1833), 681 pdf pages. File size: 18.5 MB.
Shahapivani zhoghovin kanonnere" [Canons of the Council of Shahapivan]. Grabar text of the canons of an important Armenian Church council held in A.D. 444, with a study by Nerse's Akinean. From the journal Hande's Amso'reay 63(1949), pp. 79-170. Includes an unpublished article by Yovse'p' Gat'e"rchean. File size: 4.4 MB.
Eznkay Koghbats'woy Bagrewanday episkoposi Eghts Aghandots' [Against the Sects by Eznik of Koghb, Bishop of Bagrewand] (Venice, 1826), 352 pdf pages. Written c. 445/448. Occasional duplicate pages in the scan. Includes some additional writings attributed to Eznik. File size: 4.4 MB.
Also available: Girk' e"nddimut'eants' [Book of Refutations] (Smyrna, 1762), 353 pdf pages. Occasional duplicate pages in the scan. File size: 16.8 MB.
P'awstosi Buzandats'woy patmut'iwn hayots' i ch'ors dprut'iwns [P'awstos Buzandats'i's History of the Armenians, in four books] (Venice, 1889, second printing), 320 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. A 5th century account of the period from Armenia's conversion to Christianity until about 387. File size: 5.2 MB.
Ghazaray P'arpets'woy patmut'iwn hayots' ew t'ught' ar' Vahan Mamikonean [Ghazar P'arpets'i's History of the Armenians and Letter to Vahan Mamikonean] (Venice, 1891, third printing), 765 pdf pages. Ghukasean Library series. This History was written at the end of the 5th or beginning of the 6th century. It describes events including the division of Armenia between the Byzantine and Sasanian empires (in 387), the anti-Iranian Armenian uprising of 450/451 (the battle of Awarayr) led by Vardan Mamikonean and another anti-Iranian uprising led by Vardan's nephew, Vahan Mamikonean, and known as the Vahaneants' (481-84). File size: 12.3 MB.
Also available: Ghazaray P'arpets'woy patmut'iwn hayots' ew t'ught' ar' Vahan Mamikonean [Ghazar P'arpets'i's History of the Armenians and Letter to Vahan Mamikonean] (Tiflis, 1908), 591 pdf pages. File size: 9.1 MB.
Ghazaray P'arpets'woy arareal patmagrut'iwn (Venice, 1793), 335 pdf pages. File size: 32 MB.
Eghishe'i patmut'iwn Vardanay [Eghishe's History of Vardan] (Tiflis, 1904), Ghukasean Library series. 301 pdf pages. File size: 2.3 MB.
Also available: Patmutiwn nahatakut'ean srbots' Vardanants' ew Ghewondeants' K'ahanayits' [History of the Martyrdom of the Vardanants' Saints and the Ghewondean Priests] (Constantinople, 1823), 261 pdf pages. File size: 13.8 MB.
Eghishe'i vardapeti vasn Vardanay ew hayots' paterazmin [Eghishe Vardapet's On Vardan and the Armenian War], and other writings by Eghishe (Venice, 1838), 329 pdf pages. File size: 11.2 MB.
Eghishe'i patmut'iwn Vardanants' e"st Andzewats'eats'n o'rinaki [Eghishe's History of the Vardanants' According to the Andzewats'i Exemplar] (Constantinople, 1873), 477 pdf pages. File size: 6.8 MB.
Eghishe'i vardapeti vasn Vardanay ew hayots' paterazmin ew k'nnadatut'iwnk' [Eghishe Vardapet's On Vardan and the Armenian War with a Study] (Venice, 1903), 500 pdf pages. This is the Classical Armenian text with a study by Mik'ayel P'ort'ugal. File size: 32.2 MB.
Patmut'iwn Sebeosi episkoposi i Herakln [Bishop Sebeos' History of Heraclius] (Constantinople, 1851), T'. Mihrdateants', editor. 274 pdf pages. A history of 6th-7th century events in Armenia, Byzantium, and Iran, including the beginning of the Arab invasions. File size: 5.8 MB.
Anastasay vardapeti vasn vanore'its' hayots' or i s. k'aghak'n Yerusaghe'm [Anastas Vardapet's On the Armenian Monasteries in the Holy City of Jerusalem] (Venice, 1896), 64 pdf pages. Classical Armenian text and French translation. File size: 1.7 MB.
Ananun zhamanakagrut'iwn [Anonymous Chronicle], xmbagir yo'rineal y'e' daru (Venice, 1904), text and study by B. Sargisean of a work he dates to the 7th century. 155 pdf pages. File size: 3 MB.
Movse'si Xorenats'woy Matenagrut'iwnk' [The Writings of Movse's Xorenats'i] (Venice, 1865), 689 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. This is the History and the Ashxarhats'uyts'[Geography]. File size: 16.7 MB.
Also available: Movsisi Xorenats'woy patmut'iwn hayots' [Movse's Xorenats'i's History of the Armenians] (Venice, 1827), 701 pdf pages. File size: 9.5 MB.
Movsisi Xorenats'woy patmut'iwn ew ashxarhagrut'iwn [Mosis Chorenensis Historiae Armeniacae] (London, 1736), 453 pdf pages. This is the grabar text with facing Latin translation of Xorenats'i's History together with the Ashxarhats'uyts' [Geography]. The translator is William Whiston, renowned for translating Josephus' works from Greek to English. File size: 31.9 MB.
Azgabanut'iwn tohmin Yabet'ean [Genealogy of the Line of Japheth] yorineal 'i Movsise' Xorenats'woy... (Venice, 1752), 579 pdf pages. This is the History and the Ashxarhats'uyts'[Geography]. File size: 32.3 MB.
Movsisi Xorenats'woy patmut'iwn hayots' [Moïse de Khorène Histoire d'Arménie], translated by P. Le Vaillant de Florival (Paris, 1841). Classical Armenian text and French translation, in two volumes: volume 1, in 436 pdf pages. File size: 10.2 MB; volume 2, in 508 pdf pages. File size: 33.9 MB.
The Classical Armenian text of the Ashxarhats'uyts' [Geography] is available along with a study and German translation in Eranshahr nach der Geographie des Ps. Moses Xoranac'i (Berlin, 1901), by Joseph Marquart/Markwart. The Ashxarhats'uyts' is a remarkable 7th century geography written by the Armenian polymath Anania of Shirak (610-685). In Marquart's day it was attributed to the historian Moses of Xoren. However, the reassigned authorship in no way compromises its information or Marquart's study. An invaluable work for Iranian, and Armenian studies, as well as for the study of Asian geography. File size: 17.4 MB.
Also available is the Classical Armenian text with a French translation: Géographie de Moïse de Corèn d'après Ptolémée, par Arsène Soukry (Venice, 1881). File size: 3.8 MB.Patmut'iwn Aghvanits' arareal Movsisi Kaghankaytuats'woy [Movses Kaghankaytuats'i's History of the Aghuans] (Paris, 1860), K. Shahnazarean, editor, in two volumes: volume 1, 475 pdf pages. File size: 7.9 MB; volume 2, 117 pdf pages. File size: 2.1 MB. The first two books of this three book History (volume 1) seem to date from the 7th-8th centuries. The third book (volume 2) is later.
Also available: Movsesi Kaghankatuats'woy patmut'iwn Aghuanits' ashxarhi [Movses Kaghankatuats'i's History of the Land of the Aghuans] (Moscow, 1860), 328 pdf pages. J. B. Emin, editor. File size: 13.9 MB.Tear'n Yovhannu imastasiri Awdznets'woy matenagrutiwink' [Writings of the Philosopher Lord Yovhanne's of Odzun] (Venice, 1834), 337 pdf pages. Classical Armenian text with facing Latin translation by Jean-Baptiste Aucher (Mkrtich' Awgerean). File size: 8.2 MB.
Patmut'iwn Ghewondeay [Ghewond's History] (Paris, 1857), K. Shahnazareants', editor. 247 pdf pages. This 8th century History covers the period from ca. 632 to 788 and includes descriptions of the Arab invasions of Armenia in the mid 7th century, the wars fought by the caliphate against Byzantium and the Khazars, the settlement of Arab tribes in Asia Minor and the Caucasus, and the overthrow of the Umayyads, as well as information on Arab tax policies, the status of the Armenian Church, and the Armenian and Arab nobilities. File size: 4.2 MB.
Yovhannu Mamikoneni episkopos patmut'iwn Taro'noy [Bishop John Mamikonean's History of Taron] (Venice, 1832), 125 pdf pages. Includes Zenob Glak. File size: 3 MB.
Also available: Patmut'iwn erkrin Taro'noy zor greats' Zenob asorwots' Episkoposn [History of the Land of Taro'n, Written by Zenob, Bishop of the Syrians] (Constantinople, 1719), 277 pdf pages. File size: 22.9 MB.T'ovmayi vardapeti Artsrunwoy patmut'iwn tann Artsruneats' [Vardapet T'ovma Artsruni's History of the House of the Artsrunis] (Petersburg, 1887), 361 pdf pages. K. Patkanean editor. File size: 16.8 MB.
Also available: Patmut'iwn tann Artsruneats' i T'ovmay Vardapete' Artsrunwoy [History of the House of the Artsrunis by Vardapet T'ovma Artsuni] (Constantinople, 1852), 457 pdf pages. File size: 15.9 MB.Patmut'iwn Yovhannu kat'oghikosi [History of John Kat'oghikos] (Jerusalem, 1867), 473 pdf pages. File size: 13.5 MB.
Uxtane's episkopos patmut'iwn hayots' [Bishop Uxtane's' History of the Armenians] (Vagharshapat, 1871), 275 pdf pages. File size: 11.3 MB.
Kanonagirk' hayots' [Armenian Book of Canons], volume 2 (Erevan, 1971). This is the critical edition of the Church canons, edited by Vazgen Hakobyan, with an extensive introductory study and scholarly notes, in 595 pdf pages. Volume 1, which currently is unavailable, contains the 8th century redaction of Yovhanne's O'dznets'i. Volume 2 contains the more extensive 10th and 11th century redactions. File size: 22.8 MB.
Grigor Narekats'i, Matenagrut'iwnk' [The Writings of Grigor of Narek] (Venice, 1840), 591 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. File size: 12.7 MB.
Tiezerakan patmut'iwn Step'annos vardapeti Taronets'woy [Universal History of Step'annos Vardapet of Taron] (Paris, 1854), 313 pdf pages. K. Shahnazareants', editor. File size: 5.7 MB.
Taghasats'ut'iwnk' Grigori Magistrosi Pahlawunwoy [Verses of Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni] (Venice, 1868), in 133 pdf pages. Contains the poem Ar' Manuch'e', a 1000-line history of the Bible, which Magistros wrote during four days in Constantinople for a noted Islamic propagandist. File size: 1.9 MB.
Patmut'iwn Aristakeay vardapeti Lastivertts'woy [History of Vardapet Aristakes Lastivertts'i] (Venice, 1844), 155 pdf. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. File size: 3.5 MB.
Patmut'iwn Matt'e'osi Ur'hayets'woy [History of Matthew of Edessa] (Jerusalem, 1869), 645 pdf pages. File size: 15 MB.
Girk' or koch'i e"ndhanrakan [The Book Called the Encyclical], by Kat'oghikos Nerses Shnorhali (St. Petersburg, 1788), 373 pdf pages. File size: 44.1 MB.
Also available: Tught' e"ndhanrakan Nersesi kat'ughikosi hayots' [Epistola Pastoralis S. Nersetis Clajensis]. Classical Armenian text with Latin translation by Joseph Cappelletti (Venice, 1829), 193 pdf pages. File size: 6 MB.
Tn. Nersesi Shnorhalwoy hayots' kat'oghikosi Namakani [Letters of Lord Nerses Shnorhali, Kat'oghikos of the Armenians] (Venice, 1838), 357 pdf pages. File size: 5 MB.
Oghb Edeseay [Lament for Edessa] by Kat'oghikos Nerses Shnorhali (Paris, 1827), 202 pdf pages. File size: 3.4 MB.
Grigor kat'oghikosi tghay koch'ets'elots' namakani [Letters of Kat'oghikos Grigor Called Tghay] (Venice, 1865), 379 pdf pages. File size: 6.2 MB.
The Chronicle of Michael the Great, Patriarch of the Syrians (d. 1199) was abridged and translated into Classical Armenian twice in the first part of the 13th century. The Classical Armenian texts were published in Jerusalem twice, in 1870 [Tear'n Mixaye'li patriark'i asorwots' zhamanakagrut'iwn] and in 1871 [Zhamanakagrut'iwn tear'n Mixaye'li asorwots' patriark'i]. Both editions are available: 1870 edition, 630 pdf pages. File size: 14.7 MB; 1871 edition, 815 pdf pages. File size: 19.2 MB.
Samueli k'ahanayi Hawak'munk' i grots' patmagrats' [Compilation of Historical Writings by the Priest Samuel of Ani] (Vagharshapat, 1892), Arshak Ter Mik'elyan, editor. Samuel of Ani (ca. 1100-1180) was a priest and specialist in calendars and chronologies. Samuel's own work reaches to 1176, and the book also contains several continuators for the 13-17th centuries. 345 pdf pages. File size: 9.2 MB.
Mxit'aray bzhshkapeti Herats'woy Jermants' mxit'arut'iwn [Chief Physician Mxit'ar Herats'i's Cure for Fevers] (Venice, 1832), 179 pdf pages. File size: 5.5 MB.
Thanks to Jost Gippert and colleagues, the above edition also is available for reading online at the University of Frankfurt's TITUS site: Jermants' mxit'arut'iwn.Hamar'o't patmut'iwn vrats' e"ntsayeal Juanshe'ri patmch'i [Concise History of the Georgians by Juansher the Historian] (Venice, 1884), 147 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. At'. T'iroyan, editor. File size: 4 MB.
Girk' T'ght'ots' [The Book of Letters] (Tiflis, 1901), 659 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. A collection of documents dating from the 5th-13th centuries concerning theological, Christological and dogmatic matters. Letters to and from heads and senior clerics of the Armenian Apostolic Church and neighboring Churches. An invaluable historical source. File size: 13.5 MB.
Dashants' t'ght'oy k'nnutiwnn u herk'ume" [Study and Refutation of the Letter of Concord], by Karapet Shahnazareants' (Paris, 1862), in 152 pdf pages. File size: 5.4 MB.
Girk' Datastani [Lawcode], by Mxit'ar Gosh. Xosrov T'orosyan, editor (Erevan, 1975), in 763 pdf pages. This is the critical edition of the grabar text, with an extensive study and scholarly notes. File size: 21.4 MB.
The Classical Armenian text of the lengthy colophon of Mxit'ar Gosh (d. 1213), sometimes called the Aghuanian Chronicle, is available in this 19 page extract from Levon (Ghewond) Alishan's Hayapatum (Venice, 1901), vol. 2, pp. 338-353: Goshi hishatakaran/Aghuanian Chronicle. File size: 6 MB.
Hawak'umn patmut'ean Vardanay vardapeti [Vardan Vardapet's Compilation of History] (Venice, 1862), 230 pdf pages. Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. Occasional duplicate pages in the scan. File size: 6.6 MB.
Patmut'iwn hayots' arareal Kirakosi vardapeti Gandzakets'woy [Vardapet Kirakos of Gandzak's History of the Armenians] (Moscow, 1858), 257 pdf pages. File size: 8 MB.
Also available: Kirakosi vardapeti Gandzakets'woy hamar'ot patmut'iwn [Brief History by Vardapet Kirakos Gandzakets'i] (Vienna, 1865), 307 pdf pages. File size: 11.2 MB.
Patmut'iwn nahangin Sisakan arareal Step'annosi Orbe'lean ark'episkoposi Siwneats' [History of the State of Sisakan by Step'annos Orbe'lean, Archbishop of Siwnik'] (Paris, 1859), Karapet Shahnazareants', editor. In two volumes: volume 1, 375 pdf pages. File size: 8.2 MB; volume 2, 391 pdf pages. File size: 10.6 MB.
Step'annos O'rpe'leani Oghb i s. kat'ughike'n [Step'annos Orbelean's Lament on the Holy Cathedral], Karapet Kostaneants', editor (Tiflis, 1885), 87 pdf pages. File size: 2 MB.
Taregirk' Smbatay sparapeti [Chronicle of Smbat Sparapet], K. Shahnazareants', editor (Paris, 1859), 267 pdf pages. Includes Vahram R'abuni's History of the Rubenians. File size: 5.2 MB.
The Classical Armenian text of Smbat Sparapet's Datastanagirk' [Lawcode] is available along with a study and German translation in Armenisches Rechtsbuch Sempadscher Kodex (Berlin, 1905), by Josef Karst. 307 pdf pages. File size: 13.1 MB; Kommentar, in 480 pdf pages. File size: 28.7 MB.
Het'um patmich' T'at'arats' [Het'um, Historian of the Tatars] (Venice, 1842), 113 pdf pages. M. Awgerean, translator and editor. File size: 3.8 MB.
Patmut'iwn T'at'arats' Vardanay patmch'i [Vardan Vardapet's History of the Tatars] (Jerusalem, 1870), 83 pdf pages. Authorship of this work is now assigned to Grigor Aknerts'i, rather than to Vardan. File size: 1.7 MB.
Patmut'iwn Lank-T'amuray ew yajordats' iwrots', arareal T'ovma vardapeti Metsobets'woy [The History of Tamerlane and His Successors by Vardapet T'ovma Metsobets'i] (Paris, 1860), 141 pdf pages. K. Shahnazareants', editor. File size: 2.4 MB.
Thanks to Jost Gippert and colleagues, several grabar historical sources are available for reading online. They are at the University of Frankfurt's TITUS site:
Agat'angeghos, based on the edition of G. Ter-Mkrtch'ean and St. Kanayants' (Tiflis, 1909).
Eznik, based on the edition of Louis Mariès and Ch. Mercier (Paris, 1959).
Xorenats'i, based on the edition of M. Abeghean and S. Yarut'iwnean (Tiflis, 1913).
Movse's Kaghankatuats'i/Dasxurants'i, based on the edition of Mkrtich' Emin (Tiflis, 1912).
Ewsebiosi Kesarats'woy Patmut'iwn Ekeghets'woy [Eusebius of Caesarea's History of the Church], Abraham Charean, editor (Venice, 1877), 941 pdf pages. File size: 24.9 MB.
Vark' ew vkayabanut'iwnk' srbots' [Lives and Martyrdoms of the Saints], Levon (Ghewond) Alishan, editor (Vienna, 1874). Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. In two volumes: volume 1, 749 pdf pages. File size: 19.2 MB; volume 2, 571 pdf pages. File size: 11.8 MB.
Vark' srbots' harants' ew k'aghak'avarut'iwnk' nots'in [Lives and Deeds of the Holy Fathers], Nerse's Sargisean, editor (Venice, 1855). Matenagrut'iwnk' naxneats' series. In two volumes: volume 1, 804 pdf pages. File size: 32.6 MB; volume 2, 855 pdf pages. File size: 33.3 MB.
All 12 volumes of the series Liakatar vark' ew vkayabanut'iwn srbots' ork' kan 'i hin to'nats'uts'i ekeghets'woy Hayastaneayts' [Complete Lives and Martyrdoms of the Saints Appearing in the Ancient Book of Feast-Days of the Armenian Church] (Venice, 1810-1815) are available on another page of this website and may be downloaded there: Liakatar vark.
Twenty-one of 24 volumes of the series Sop'erk' haykakank' [Armenian Writings] (Venice, 1853-1854) are available on another page of this website and may be downloaded there: Soperk.
Hayots' nor vkanere" [Armenian Neo-martyrs], 1155-1843, H. Manandean/Manandyan and H. Acharean/Acharyan, editors (Vagharshapat, 1903), 823 pdf pages. Accounts from the 12th-19th centuries of the torture and murder of Armenian men and women who were killed for refusing to convert to Islam. Texts drawn from Armenian historical sources and Lives of the Saints. This is an invaluable work for the study of the forced Islamization of the bulk of the population of western and central Asia Minor which, during the period covered, metamorphosed from being Christian and Greek or Armenian speaking to being Muslim and Turkish speaking. Book contains full critical apparatus, indices, and glossaries of foreign words. File size: 17.2 MB.
To'nats'oyts' [Book of Feast-Days] (Jerusalem, 1868), two volumes in one download: To'nats'oyts', 551 pdf pages. File size: 13.3 MB.
To'nakarg Hayastaneayts' S. Ekeghets'woy [Regulations Concerning Feast-Days of the Holy Armenian Church], Sargis Xanchean, editor (Constantinople, 1898), 487 pdf pages. File size: 6.3 MB.
Srbazan pataragamatoyts'k' hayots' [Divine Liturgy of the Armenians], Yovsep' Gat'rchean, editor (Vienna, 1897), 776 pdf pages. Gat'rchean's critical edition includes a study and extensive scholarly notes as well as translations from corresponding Syriac, Greek, and Latin liturgies. File size: 20.3 MB.
The Classical Armenian text of Girk' or koch'i banali chshmartut'ean [The Book Called The Key of Truth] is available in an excellent edition with an extensive Introduction/Study, English translation, and scholarly notes by Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare (London, 1898). 412 pdf pages. The Key of Truth, a Manual of the Paulician Church of Armenia. File size: 21.6 MB.
Bats'atrut'iwn ch'ap'uts' ew kshr'ots' naxneats' [Explanation of Weights and Measures Used by the Ancients], by Yarut'iwn Awgerean (Venice, 1821), in 267 pdf pages. Classical Armenian texts dealing with the topic, among them by Epiphanes (including the Greek text), Xorenats'i, and Shirakats'i. File size: 9.9 MB.
Physiologus, from the series Spicilegium Solesmense prepared by Jean-Baptiste Pitra (Paris, 1855), in 740 pdf pages. Classical Armenian, Greek, and Latin texts of a bestiary, perhaps dating from the 2nd-4th centuries. The Armenian translation was made in the 5th century. These tales of real and fantastic animals, usually with a Christian moral attached, are attributed to a variety of Fathers including Epiphanius, Basil, and St. Peter of Alexandria. Download includes all three volumes in one file. File size: 51.4 MB.
Ch. Cahier's study and French translation of the Armenian text with scholarly notes is available on pp. 106-164 of the series Noveaux mélanges d'archéologie d'histoire et de littérature sur le moyen age (Paris, 1874). Download is the entire volume: Physiologus, in 382 pdf pages. File size: 50.1 MB.
Sborniki pritch Vardana [Zhoghovatsoyk' ar'akats Vardanay/Collections of the Fables of Vardan] (Petersburg, 1899). This is the Classical Armenian text of the medieval fables of Vardan Aygekts'i (ca. 1170 - 1235), with a study and Russian translation by N. Marr. 1306 pdf pages. File size: 45.9 MB.
Choix fables de Vartan [Hate"ntir ar'akk' Vardanay vardapeti] (Paris, 1825). Classical Armenian text and French translation of forty-five of Vardan's fables. 115 pdf pages. File size: 2.6 MB.
Girk' ar'aspelabanut'eants' or asi Aghue'sagirk' [The Book of Fables, Called the Fox Book], Oskan Erewants'i, editor (Ejmiatsin, 1668). This work opens with the Ashxarhats'uyts' of Anania Shirakets'i, and has a collection of Vardan's fables as the second portion. 325 pdf pages. File size: 12.1 MB.
Ar'akk' ew otanawork' xratakank' [Fables and Moral Poems] (Venice, 1790). The fables of Mxit'ar Gosh, followed by other writings. 225 pdf pages. File size: 6.8 MB.
Ar'akk' Mxit'aray Goshi [Fables of Mxit'ar Gosh] (Venice, 1854), in 94 pdf pages. Includes Ar'akk' Oghompianu [Fables of Oghompianos]. File size: 4.2 MB.
For texts and studies of some Armenian and Greek philosophical, patristic, and theological works, see another page of this website: Catalogs, Philosophical, Patristic, and Theological Materials.
For texts and studies of some Armenian lawcodes, see another page of this website:
Lawcodes and Jurisprudence.
Scholarly works from the 19th-early 20th centuries devoted to the Armenian sources are available on the following page, along with some related Armeniaca. Currently, most of the material is in Armenian. The page is in progress: Studies of Armenian Historical Sources and Related Armeniaca
Also available: The premier dictionary of Classical Armenian, Nor bar'girk' Haykazean lezui (Venice, 1836-1837), in two volumes. Classical Armenian to Modern Armenian. This magnificent achievement, the work of Gabrie'l Awetik'ean, Khach'atur Siwrme'lean, and Mkrtich' Awgerean, contains some 50,000 words. These pdf files are large: volume 1 (ա-կ) , 112.1 MB; volume 2 (հ-ֆ), 66.6 MB.
Note: Because of the enormous size of volume 1, we are also providing a version of volume 1 divided into three parts (about 40 MB each):volume 1 աVolume 2 is also available in more manageable parts (about 33 MB each):
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Some useful dictionaries and grammars are available on the following page: Dictionaries and Grammars
Patrologia Syriaca and Patrologia Orientalis PDFs,
Patrologia Graeca (PG) PDFs,
Patrologia Latina (PL) PDFs.