Poets, Heroes, and their Dragons (2 vols)

Armenian and Iranian Studies 2


The present volume is a collection of articles published by Professor James R. Russell of Harvard University, in various journals over the past decades. James Russell has been one of the pioneers in the field of Armenian and Iranian Studies, where he has demonstrated the importance of Iranian civilization for pre-Christian Armenia. The connection between the two civilizations has been part of the tireless work of Professor Russell, and I hope this publication shows the immense importance of his work for both Armenian and Iranian Studies. I would like to thank Professor Houri Berberian, Director of the UC Irvine Armenian Studies Program, as well as Mr. Mamigonian and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), for supporting the publication of this book.

This volume was previously published by the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, University of California – Irvine.

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The Cross and the Lotus:
The Armenian Miscellany Patmut‘iwn płnjē k‘ałak‘i (‘History of the City of Brass’) on the Periphery of the Oikoumene
Pages: 131–145
The Interrupted Feast
Pages: 237–259
Hārūt and Mārūt:
The Armenian Zoroastrian Demonic Twins in the Qur’ān Who Invented Fiction
Pages: 261–272
The Demon Weed
Pages: 445–451
The Book of the Way (Girk‘ Chanaparhi) of Yeghishe Charents:
An Illuminated Apocalyptic Gospel for Soviet Armenia
Pages: 573–640
The Bridge of Poetry
Pages: 641–649
The Rime of the Book of the Dove (Stikh o Golubinoi knige):
From Zoroastrian cosmology and Armenian heresiography to the Russian novel
Pages: 747–807
On an Armenian Magical Manuscript
New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, MS 10558)
Pages: 809–898
The Seh-lerai Language
Pages: 967–1050
The Bible and revolution: some observations on Exodus, Psalm 37, Esther, and Philo
Pages: 1197–1222
Iranian in the Hekhalot
Pages: 1327–1343
From Parthia to Robin Hood:
The Epic of the Blind Man’s Son
Pages: 1345–1370
א לשון פֿאר שפּרינצעלע
(A loshn far Shprintzele)
Pages: 1483–1531
Pages: 1609–1615
James Russell, Ph.D. (1982), SOAS, London, is a Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University. He has published monographs and many articles on Armenian and ancient Iranian languages as well as Zoroastrianism, including Zoroastrianism in Armenia (1987) and Armenian and Iranian Studies (selected articles, 2004).
All those interested in ancient, pre- and early Islamic Iran, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and northern India.
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