Armenian Historical Sources

of the 5-15th Centuries

Selected Works

These translations are in the public domain. They may be copied and distributed freely.

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5th Century

P'awstos Buzandac'i's History of the Armenians

Download in zip format pb.zip; pdf format Pawstos_Buzand.pdf
Ghazar P'arbec'i's History of the Armenians
Download in zip format gp.zip; pdf format Ghazar.pdf

The Passion of Saint Shushanik

The Martyrdom of Saint Vardan Mamikonean's Daughter
A New Translation of the Principal and Lesser Texts
by Rev. Fr. Krikor Vardapet Maksoudian

Download in zip format smam.zip

Eusebius of Caesarea's Chronicle or Chronicon
Download in zip format euseb.zip; pdf format Eusebius_Chronicle.pdf

7th Century

Anonymous The Primary History of Armenia or History of the Ancestors

Download in zip format pha.zip
Sebeos' History
Download in zip format seb.zip; pdf format Sebeos.pdf

7-8th Century

History of the Aghuans, attributed to Movse's Dasxurants'i

Download in zip format mdas.zip; pdf format Movses_Dasxurantsi.pdf

8th Century

Ghewond's History
Download in zip format ghew.zip; pdf format Ghewond.pdf

10th Century

Yovhannes Drasxanakertc'i's [John Kat'oghikos'] History of Armenia

Translation and Commentary by Rev. Fr. Krikor Vardapet Maksoudian
Download in zip format yd.zip; pdf format YD_History_Maksoudian.pdf

John Mamikonean's History of Taron

Download in zip format jm.zip

11th Century

Aristakes Lastivertc'i's History

Download in zip format al.zip; pdf format Aristakes.pdf

12th Century

Dawit' Gandzakets'i's Penitential

Translation and Commentary by C. J. F. Dowsett
Download in pdf format pendg.pdf

The Chronicle of Michael the Great, Patriarch of the Syrians

Download in zip format msyr.zip; pdf format Chronicle_Michael_Syrian.pdf

12-13th Century

The Georgian Chronicle

Download in zip format gc.zip
Mkhitar Gosh's Fables (belles lettres), and Index to the Fables
Download in zip format gosh.zip
Mkhitar Gosh's Colophon or The Aghuanian Chronicle
Download in zip format mgc.zip

13th Century

Kirakos Gandzakets'i's History of the Armenians

Download in zip format kg.zip; pdf format Kirakos_Gandzaketsi.pdf
Vardan Arewelts'i's Compilation of History
[Extracts on the Saljuqs, Shaddadids, Zakarids, and Mongols]
Download in zip format va.zip
Step'annos Orbelean's History of the State of Sisakan
Download in zip format so.zip

Smbat Sparapet's Chronicle

Download in zip format css.zip; pdf format Chronicle_Smbat_Sparapet.pdf
Chronicle Attributed to King Het'um II, 1296
Download in zip format chet.zip
Grigor Aknerts'i's History of the Nation of Archers [Mongols]
Download in zip format ga.zip; pdf format Aknertsi.pdf

14th Century

Het'um the Historian's History of the Tartars [The Flower of Histories of the East]

Download in zip format hetum.zip; pdf format Hetum.pdf

15th Century

T'ovma Metsobets'i's History of Tamerlane and His Successors

Download in zip format tm.zip


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Many of the Classical Armenian historical texts, from which the above translations were made, are available as pdf downloads on another page of this website: Classical Armenian Historical Sources.



Armenian Writers of the 5th-13th Centuries


Online viewing:
Armenian Writers and Corresponding Kat'oghikoi and Secular Rulers, 5th-13th Centuries
Download in zip format: armwrit.zip

The material about Armenian authors and their works in the table above is based on a course entitled History of Armenian Literature taught by Professor Krikor H. Maksoudian at Columbia University in Autumn-Spring of 1972-1973, and compiled by his student, Robert Bedrosian, from class notes, handouts, and other sources.

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