Armenian Philology in the Modern Era

From Manuscript to Digital Text


Philology is one of the most investigated fields of Armenian studies. At the end of the twentieth century, it was important to provide an overview of the main achievements and on the methodological approaches implemented in this field till now. This is the aim of the present publication. Part I focuses on the manuscripts, the inscriptions, and the printings. Its second section is devoted to the textual criticisms and the third section explores the interface between linguistics and philology. Case studies form the core of Part II. One chapter offers an overview on the 17th-19th centuries, and two articles are devoted to the conditions of the circulation of the literary production in the 20th century, both in Western and Eastern Armenian.

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Valentina Calzolari is Professor of Armenian Studies at the University of Geneva and the current President of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes. She has published extensively on ancient Armenian Literature. She is co-editor of the seriesCommentaria in Aristotelem Armeniaca. Davidis Opera (Philosophia Antiqua, Brill).
Michael E. Stone is Professor emeritus of Armenian Studies and Comparative Religion in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has major contributions to the study of Armenian paleography and epigraphy and the reception history of Biblical and apocryphal traditions in Armenian. He is also one of the editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Manuscripts, Inscriptions and Printings

The Archaeology of the Armenian Manuscript: Codicology, Paleography and Beyond - Dickran KOUYMJIAN
Collections and Catalogues of Armenian Manuscripts - Bernard COULIE
On the historical and literary Value of the Colophons in Armenian Manuscripts - Anna SIRINIAN
Armenian Epigraphy - Tim GREENWOOD
Armenian Publishing and the Quest for Modernity (16th-19th centuries) - Raymond H. KEVORKIAN

The Methodology of Textual Edition

Text Editing: Principles and Methods -Bernard COULIE
Digital Techniques for Critical Edition - Tara ANDREWS

Linguistics, Normative Grammar, Dialectology and Philology

Connections between Linguistics, Normative Grammar, and Philology - Moreno MORANI
Manuscripts and Dialects - Jos J.S. WEITENBERG

PART II: Case Studies

Bible and Apocrypha

The Armenian Bible: Status Quaestionis - Claude COX
The Armenian Apocryphal Literature of the Old Testament in the Twentieth Century - Michael E. STONE
The Editing of Christian Apocrypha in Armenian: Should we turn a new leaf? - Valentina CALZOLARI

Patristics, Historiography, Hellenizing School and Philosophical Literature, Medieval Poetry

The Church Fathers in Armenia, and the Armenian Fathers - Bernard OUTTIER
The Major Works of Armenian Historiography (Classical and Medieval) - Robert W. THOMSON
The Hellenizing School - Gohar MURADYAN
Philosophical Literature in ancient and medieval Armenia - Valentina CALZOLARI
Medieval Poetic Texts - Theo M. VAN LINT

Modern and Contemporary Periods

Philology, Documentary Research, and Channels of Cultural Diffusion from the 17th to the 19th century - Paolo LUCCA
The Publication of Western Armenian Literature in the 20th century (1920-2000) - Harout KURKJIAN
Literary Production in Twentieth-Century Armenia: From Stifling State Control to the Uncertainties of Independence - Myrna DOUZJIAN
Towards a “Discourse on Method” in Armenian Studies: A Survey of Recent Debates with Special Regard to the Problem of Textual Hermeneutics -


Armenologists and scholars and students from broader areas.
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