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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., mostly offers with occasions happening in Armenia and top Mesopotamia, and in addition provides many references to significant occasions within the Byzantine Empire and people components conquered via the early crusaders. The author's objective is to explicate these components of the Chronicle which aren't transparent; to clarify the textual content via ancient, 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 creation discusses the historian's lifestyles, paintings, and attitudes. Co-published with the nationwide organization for Armenian stories and study.

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The emperor Michael, hearing such wisdom, marvelled greatly and ordered the denouncer done away with. 66 MATTHEW OF EDESSA 74. In the year 490 of . e Armeman calendar and era [1041-1042] vaults of former 0 ~ dIed and was buried in the city of Ani in the son of Gagik who . ~eman kings. He was the brother of Ashot the Ashot the Ir~n of ~~;rtt;td~~s the son of Ashot, 1 son of 5mbat, s~n of heard of his death th a I meage.. ero~ MIchael collected troops. He came John, while he was alive It WIth ~he sword and enslavement.

By that time, through the 68 MATTHEW OF EDESSA grace of the Holy Spi:it, two successful years of the reign of Ga . had gone by. s, and the rebellious to submission and fiercely push' b o~'hi nngmg. all Going forth with a great number of troo s l~g ac s en~mles. to wreak venie~ncee u~~:a~e~a~~:~~ the south. Then the IllustrIOUS prince G th Pahl' dc regory, e son of Vasak awum, prepare Lor batt~e and, going forth with his troo encamped near the Hrazdan RIver not far f th ps, Bjni. The infidel forces came against the ~m ~ great fortress of severe battle took place The Armen' t rmeman troops and a forces, causing a great ~laughter on t~~ bro~s ~e[~a~d the Per~ian and taking prisoner the Turkish h' an s o.

Khetrik, who was the emir of the town of Berkri, seeing the disorderly state of the Annenian troops, sent a message to his townspeople to come to his aid. The infidels gathered together and came forth and found the Armenians totally unprepared [for battle]. In the morning they attacked the Christian forces and severely slaughtered them. On that day the distinguished Armenian prince, Gandzi, was killed, and his son Tachat inherited his lands. In this way Gandzi and all his forces perished in the town of Berkri.

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