By Ara Edmond Dostourian
This paintings is a translation of the Chronicle of the 12th-century Armenian historian, Matthew of Edessa. The Chronicle, which covers the interval from 952 A.D. to 1162 A.D., largely bargains with occasions happening in Armenia and higher Mesopotamia, and likewise provides many references to significant occasions within the Byzantine Empire and people parts conquered via the early crusaders. The author's target is to explicate these elements of the Chronicle which aren't transparent; to clarify the textual content through historic, geographical, bibliographical, chronological, and different references; and to check and distinction the narration of occasions within the Chronicle with that of different historians, either modern and non-contemporary. The advent discusses the historian's lifestyles, paintings, and attitudes. Co-published with the nationwide organization for Armenian reports and learn.
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Vehemently condemned him, refused to honor him, and d~posed hIm from the patriarchal see. All those ordained by DlOscorus ~ere. excommunicated and not one of these was allowed to p~rform ~IS pnestly function. d In the holy church of Armenia. Dioscorus went back to Sanahm, hIS monastery, very much ashamed of What he had done. In the year 489 of the Armenian era [1040-1041] a comet with br~lhant appearance became visible. It appeared in the western POrtIO~ of the sky at the beginning of the evening and moved along, followmg a ba~kward path.
They departed from the unity [they had maintained] with one another and they no lon~er came to each other's aid. They [merely] shed tears for the land whlch was being put to the sword, weeping together for its destruction and at the same time delivering up one another to the sword of the ~reek nation; they thus despoiled their kin and went over to the SIde of their enemies. 71. In this period the great emir of the Persians, Abii'l-Uswar,l collected troops from the nation of the infidels, as many as one hundred and fifty thousand.
10 Finally, after all the afflictions, hardships, and torments which brave Maniaces had endured, Romanus replaced him and gave the command of Edessa to Abukab, the tent-guard of David the curopalates. 60. At the beginning of the year 481 of the era of the Armenian calendar [1032-1033] there was a severe famine throughout the entire land. Many people died because of this famine and many sold their women and children for want of bread. Because of the intensity of the hardships, whenever one spoke, he yielded up his soul.
Armenia and the Crusades Tenth to Twelth Centuries - The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa by Ara Edmond Dostourian