ՈԻՐԱՐՏՈԻ ՊԵՏՈԻԹՅՈԻՆԸ [Kingdom of Urartu].
1980 (dated) 30.75 x 42.5 in (78.105 x 107.95 cm)
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This is a rare separately issued 1980 Suren Yeremian map of the historical Kingdom of Urartu published in Armenian. Stretching from eastern Anatolia to northwestern Persia (the Biblical 'Mountains of Ararat'), the Kingdom or Urartu was an Armenian civilization that existed between 860 and 590 BCE. This era is considered to be a golden age in the ancient history of the Armenian people, who created a series of different states around the greater region over the course of 4,000 years. Dark pink shading is used to highlight the central areas of the Kingdom, while lighter pink indicates areas that were only temporarily held by the Kingdom. 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, as are areas for grazing sheep, cattle, and even camels. 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 1980. The first edition was published around 1960, but both editions are nearly identical. All editions of this map are extremely rare.
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 slight loss at fold intersections. Closed margin tears professionally repaired on verso. Blank on verso.