14 volumes of series of books “Series of Registers Devoted to Western Armenia and Cilicia” presented

On October 10, at the initiative of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and with the support of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, the Institute of History at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS) hosted the presentation of 14 volumes of the series of books entitled “Series of Registers Devoted to Western Armenia and Cilicia”, including the books “History of the Armenians of Adana”, “History of Taron”, “History of the Armenians of Aintab: I”, “History of the Armenians of Aintab: II”, “General History of Hatchn”, “Heroic Urfa and the Sons of the Armenians of Urfa”, “History of Kurin”, “Kessab: Topography, Settlements, Population, History and Economy”, “Marash or Germanic and Heroic Zeytun”, “History of Armenian Kesaria: I”, “History of Armenian Kesaria: Topographical, Historical and Ethnographic Study: II”, “History of the Armenians of Arabkir: I”, “History of the Armenian Arabkir” and “Memoir of Rumtikin”.

Among the participants of the event were RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, Head of the Divan of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia Khatchig Dedeian, Director of the Institute of History of the NAS RA Ashot Melkonyan, editor of the series of books Jirayr Danielian, as well as scholars, intellectuals and guests.

In her opening remarks, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed her admiration of the large-scale effort and stated the following: “Registers and various studies devoted to the cities and regions of Western Armenia and Cilicia have been republished at the initiative of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and through the pro-national efforts of Catholicos Aram I and are now available for wide public and academic circles. The Committee, which had been set up for this purpose, has done a tremendous job of polishing these volumes perpetuating the history and collective memory of our nation ahead of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, drawing up the lists of toponyms and names of people, as well as making supplements and publishing the books. The sections, maps, drawings and photos of each volume have been preserved with care. The Patriarchal Writ of Blessing of Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia devoted to the release of the first volume best expresses the goals and importance of such an initiative.” Minister Hranush Hakobyan expressed special gratitude to those who made their financial contributions to help make the publication of these books possible.

Congratulating everyone on the release of this series of books, Director of the Institute of History of the NAS RA Ashot Melkonyan stated that this presentation is a special event and one of a kind. “Today we are presenting weighty academic books. When I was at the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in 2012, I saw how everyone was working hard to publish these books, which shed light on the history of Western Armenia and Cilicia before, during and after the Armenian Genocide. Each volume features the geography, history, folklore, ethnography and lifestyles of this or that province of Cilicia and Western Armenia, meaning it is a history in its entirety,” Ashot Melkonyan stated.

Acting Director of the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran) of Yerevan Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan emphasized that the registers are not merely memoirs and are more like encyclopedias in terms of size, the abundance of materials and information about various topics. “A tremendous amount of materials has been saved from oblivion and perdition. These books are not merely republications. The editors have done a tremendous job of making specifications, correcting grammatical mistakes and attaching to each volume the lists of toponyms and names of people that make the books become of special academic value.”

In his speech, author of the volume “Kessab: Topography, Settlements, Population, History, Economy” , historian Hagop Cholakian voiced hope that the publication of the volumes would be ongoing.

On behalf of the Faculty of History at Yerevan State University, Dean Edik Minasyan expressed gratitude to the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and editor of the series of books Jirayr Danielian for releasing such historiographical books.

In his speech, Head of the Divan of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia Khatchig Dedeian stated the following: “I must express my gratitude to the National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Diaspora, namely Minister Hranush Hakobyan, who always gives us strength with her encouragement. I am certain that the close and practical relations between the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and the Ministry of Diaspora will continue and will be more fruitful. We must continue with the same spirit and try to publish the pages of our history as well.”

Afterwards, Dedeian gave the floor to the editor of the series of books “Series of Registers Devoted to Western Armenia and Cilicia” Jirayr Danielian, who conveyed the blessing of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. “The Supreme Patriarch served as the driving force for this effort. When we were just starting to publish these books, our goal was to have 60 volumes. Currently, the 15th volume has been sent for publication. There is a lack of workers, but I am certain that the future generations will continue our task. I would like to inform everyone that 50 copies of the series of books will soon be sent to Armenia and will be distributed to the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran), academic centers, historians and philologists.”

 

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