The universal history of Step'anos Tarōnec'i : introduction, translation, and commentary

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Full title: The universal history of Step'anos Tarōnec'i : introduction, translation, and commentary / Tim Greenwood.
Alternative titles: Patmutʻiwn tiezerakan. English
Main author: Stepʻanos, Tarōnetsʻi, active 10th-11th century.
Other authors: Greenwood, Tim, (Translator)
Format: Book           
Edition: First edition.

Summary: The 'Universal History' ('Patmut'iwn tiezerakan') of Step'anos Taronec'i is a history of the world in three books, composed by the Armenian scholar at the end of the tenth century and extending from the era of Abraham to the turn of the first millennium. It was completed in 1004/5 CE, at a time when the Byzantine Empire was expanding eastwards across the districts of historic Armenia and challenging key aspects of Armenian identity. Step'anos responded to these changing circumstances by looking to the past and fusing Armenian tradition with Persian, Roman, and Islamic history, thereby asserting that Armenia had a prominent and independent place in world history. The 'Universal History' was intended to affirm and reinforce Armenian cultural memory. This volume presents the first ever English translation of this work, drawing upon Manukyan's 2012 critical edition of the text, and is also the first study and translation of the Universal History to be published outside Armenia for a century. Fully annotated and with a substantial introduction, it not only provides an accessible guide to the text, drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship available, but also offers valuable new insights into the significance of an often overlooked work, the intellectual and literary contexts within which it was composed, and its place in the Armenian tradition.
Other authors: Greenwood, Tim, (Translator)
Language: English
Published: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Classmark: PE891.992 /748087
Series: Oxford studies in Byzantium.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-337) and indexes.
ISBN: 9780198792512