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By Ara Edmond Dostourian, Foreword by Krikor H. Maksoudian

ISBN-10: 0819189537

ISBN-13: 9780819189530

It is a translation of the Chronicle of 12th-century Armenian historian, Matthew of Edessa. The Chronicle, which covers the interval from 925 advert to 1162 advert, bargains with occasions in Armenia and top Mesopotamia. It additionally refers to occasions within the Byzantine Empire and people conquered by way of the Crusaders. The creation to the e-book discusses the historian's lifestyles, paintings and attitudes.

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In the year 412 [963-964] Nicephorus 1 became emperor over the Greek nation. He was a kind, saintly, and pious man, filled with every virtue and uprightness, victorious and brave in all battles, compassionate to all the Christian faithful, a visitor to widows and captives, and a protector of orphans and poor people. He gathered together a tremendous anny of troops and, crossing over the vast Mediterranean Sea, came against the Muslims2 and was ready for a heated combat. First he moved against Cilicia and with a great victory captured the renowned city of Tarsus.

Many went mad, and attacking one another mercilessly and savagely, devoured each other. The princes and nobles fed upon seeds and berries, and many animals died. Many villages and regions became uninhabited, and nothing else has been built to the present day. 2. In the year 407 of the Armenian era [958-959] the nation of the Arabs 1 collected troops in Edessa and throughout the region of the Edessenes, and with a tremendous army crossed over the great Euphrates River and went against the fortified town2 which is called Samosata.

On that day a severe battle occurred, and the enemy was turned in flight towards the city until the fleeing [troops] were unable to enter the city, but instead fell into the Akhurian River. Thus Ashot turned back very victorious. Mter a few days the Bagratids, the Pahlavids,9 and all the other noble families from the race of Hayk10 serving in the army decided to bring about peace between John and Ashot. So the holy patriarch Peterll and all the princes came before Ashot and, taking a solemn oath, made him king of all Armenia, that is of the country outside [of Ani].

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