Armenia through the Lens of Time

Multidisciplinary Studies in Honour of Theo Maarten van Lint


The open access publication of this book has been published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
From pilgrimage sites in the far west of Europe to the Persian court; from mystic visions to a gruesome contemporary “dance”; from a mundane poem on wine to staggering religious art: thus far in space and time extends the world of the Armenians.
A glimpse of the vast and still largely unexplored threads that connect it to the wider world is offered by the papers assembled here in homage to one of the most versatile contemporary armenologists, Theo Maarten van Lint.
This collection offers original insights through a multifaceted lens, showing how much Armenology can offer to Art History, History, Linguistics, Philology, Literature, and Religious Studies. Scholars will find new inspirations and connections, while the general reader will open a window to a world that is just as wide as it is often unseen.
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Federico Alpi, Ph.D. (2015), University of Pisa, is a research fellow in Armenian Studies at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and a member of FSCIRE, Bologna. He coordinates the volume on the councils of the Armenian Church for the Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Generaliumque Decreta (Corpus Christianorum series, Brepols, in preparation).

      Robin Meyer, D.Phil. (2017), University of Oxford, is Assistant Professor of Historical Linguistics at the University of Lausanne. He is co-author and co-editor of Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture(Bodleian Library 2015) and has published several articles and chapters on Armenian, Greek, and Iranian historical linguistics.

Irene Tinti, Ph.D. (2011), University of Pisa, is a research fellow at the same University, and Treasurer of the Association internationale des études arméniennes<> (AIEA). She is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume on Armenian Linguistics in the Brill series Handbooks of Oriental Studies and has authored “Essere” e “divenire” nel Timeo greco e armeno (PUP 2012) and several other contributions on Greek and Armenian texts.

David Zakarian, D. Phil. (2015), University of Oxford, is an Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies there. He is the author of Women, Too, Were Blessed: The Portrayal of Women in Early Christian Armenian Texts (Brill 2021) and of several articles and chapters on the colophons of mediaeval Armenian manuscripts and the representation of women in late antique and mediaeval Armenian texts.
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Notes on Contributors
Note to the Reader

Academic Biography and Bibliography: Theo Maarten van Lint. A Tetragonal Scholar
Emilio Bonfiglio

Armenia through the Lens of Time
A 360° View
Federico Alpi, Robin Meyer, Irene Tinti and David Zakarian

Part 1 Art History

1 The Iconography of the Visions of Isaiah and Ezekiel
Thomas Mathews

2 “Open My Eyes So That I May See Wonderful Things” [Ps 118 (119):18]
Some Art Historical Remarks about the Consecration of a Painted Church
Christina Maranci

3 A Jacobean Shell for Šahuk, “Servant of God”
Gohar Grigoryan Savary

Part 2 History

4 From Alexandria to Dvin
Non-Chalcedonian Christians in the Empire of Khusrau II
Phil Booth

5 The Funerary Oration of Barseł Vardapet
Tara L. Andrews and Anahit Safaryan

6 Violence against Women in Tʽovma Mecopʽecʽi’s History of Tamerlane and his Descendants (15th c.)
David Zakarian

Part 3 Linguistics and Philology

7 De la Grèce à l’Arménie, et d’Homère à la Bible
Transpositions culturelles dans la version arménienne de la grammaire de Denys de Thrace
Charles de Lamberterie

8 The Cauldron of the Titans
Quotations from Clement of Alexandria in the Letters of Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni (990–1058)
Federico Alpi

9 On the Indirect Tradition and Circulation of the Ancient Armenian Platonic Translations
Irene Tinti

10 Per la storia di un manoscritto armeno in Inghilterra
(Londra, Wellcome Library, ms. arm. 14)
Anna Sirinian

11 Multilingualism in Poetry
How to Translate Sayatʽ-Nova?
Robin Meyer

Part 4 Literature

12 Come e perché scrivere un’autobiografia in Armenia, nel medioevo e più tardi
Alessandro Orengo

13 In vino consolatio
A 14th-c. Armenian Dispute Poem on Wine
Sergio La Porta

14 “My City Which Is of Bronze”
The City of Bronze Encroaching on the Alexander Romance
Alex MacFarlane

15 Between Gusan and Ašuł
Yohannēs Xlatʽecʽi and the Porous Borders Negotiated by the Medieval Armenian Bard
S. Peter Cowe

16 “La danza” di Siamantʽō fra letteratura e arti contemporanee
Da Ararat di Atom Egoyan a Defixiones, Will and Testament di Diamanda Galás
Valentina Calzolari

Part 5 Religious Studies

17 Ephrem and the Persian Martyrs in the Armenian Synaxarion
Sebastian Brock

18 “Descent of the Only-Begotten Son”
Contextualising the Vision of Saint Gregory
Nazenie Garibian

19 Jacob and the Man at the Ford of Jabbok
A Biblical Subject in the Vine Scroll Frieze of the Church of the Holy Cross of Ałtʽamar (10th c.)
Michael E. Stone and Edda Vardanyan

20 Acrostics in Armenian Ecclesiastical Poetry
Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan


21 Gemara and Memory
James Russell

Index of Manuscripts
Index of Places
Index of People
Index of Subjects
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