This is a rare separately issued 1979 Suren Yeremian map of the Armenian Kingdom of the Arsacid Dynasty during the 4th century AD published in Armenian. Stretching from eastern Anatolia to the Caspian Sea, the Arsacid Dynasty was an Armenian civilization that ruled the Armenian Highlands from 54 to 428 AD. It was during the Arsacid period that Armenia officially adopted Christianity as the state religion, becoming the first country to do so (Rome would not officially adopt Christianity until 380 AD), and Armenia has been a Christian nation ever since. Encompassing a rather large amount of territory, pink shading is used to highlight the central areas of the kingdom, while areas of orange diagonal lines mark regions that were temporarily controlled by the Arsacids. Ancient districts are labeled, as are numerous cities and towns, most of which have long since been erased by the passage of time. Mines, quarries, and wine regions (Armenia was one of the first places in the world to produce wine!) are identified. Roads and caravan routes are indicated. Important battle sites are also noted. Most of this information appears for the first time here in Yeremian's work, a compilation of decades of research done by this incredibly important historian.
Publication HistoryThis map was published by the Yerevan University Press in 1979.
Suren Tigrani Yeremian (1908 - 1992) was an historian and the most important Armenian historical geographer of the twentieth century. The son of an Armenian family living in Tbilisi, he read voraciously as a child and graduated from Yerevan State University in 1931. He held a prestigious position in the Oriental Department at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Leningrad from 1935 until 1941. He earned his Ph.D. from the Moscow State University and accepted the position of Director of the Institute of Material Culture and History in Yerevan in 1953. During all this time, Yeremian dedicated his life to seeking out archival sources on ancient Armenia in monastery libraries and in institutions. He meticulously uncovered and verified the unknown parts of the history of ancient Armenia by piecing together bits of information scattered throughout medieval manuscripts he unearthed. Yeremian managed to successfully build the first comprehensive and accurate geographic profile of the Kingdom of Urartu by the late 1950s, which he published in map form. Over the course of his career, Yeremian published innumerable works, including more maps of historical eras in Armenian history, a reconstruction of the geography book created by the legendary seventh century AD Armenian geographer Anania Shirakatsi entitled Armenia According to the Ashkharatsuyts, and contributions to the monumental eight-volume History of the Armenian People.
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Exhibits loss at one fold intersection. Verso reinforcements to fold lines. Blank on verso.