By Robert Thomson
The background attributed to Sebeos is likely one of the significant works of early Armenian historiography. even if nameless, it used to be written in the course of the 7th century, a time while related chronicles in Greek and Syriac are sparse. Sebeos lines the fortunes of Armenia within the 6th and 7th centuries in the broader framework of the Byzantine–Sasanian clash. This ebook might be of curiosity to all these excited by the examine of Armenia, the Caucasus, the jap Roman Empire and the center East in overdue antiquity. it will likely be of specific worth to Islamicists, given that Sebeos not just units the scene for the arriving of Islam, yet presents the single immense non-Muslim account of the preliminary interval of enlargement.
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12 These two short sections are not included in the translation below. v. Sebeos. 13 In Abgaryan’s edition section I runs to 8 pages, section II to 9, and the History proper to 113 pages. The History begins as chapter 7, which is Mihrdatean’s ‘Prologue’. 14 For the historical importance of this History see the section above, ‘Historical Background’, xi^xii, xxvi^xxx. The ¢rst translation into German by Hu«bschmann was fragmentary. The text is usually quoted from the 1904 French rendering by Macler.
For the former the salvation of one’s soul is paramount, though this cannot be divorced from the fate of the Armenian people as a whole. He explicitly notes that he has recorded the vices of his villain, Vasak prince of Siwnik‘, so that readers will avoid such conduct and cleave to the good. The death of Vardan on the battle¢eld in the defence of Armenian traditional liberties is proclaimed as a martyr’s death which will bring immediate salvation. So the writing of history has a moral purpose ^ the encouragement of virtue and the reprobation of vice ^ which is linked to the defence not only of the Armenian church but more especially of Armenian traditions.
41 See above for these lists. SEBEOS xliii nian historians, with the exception of Koriwn and azar, are unknown. 42 But the fact remains that although the Buzandaran and the Histories of Agat‘angeos, Eishe· , Movse· s, ewond, and T‘ovma may be datable within certain limits, they cannot be assigned to authors known from other sources. So it is not at all surprising that an account of the events covered by our text should in fact be anonymous. Traces survive of a di¡erent work, the ‘History of Heraclius’.