SHELVING INVENTORY OF MESROP MASHTOTS SIGN OF NATIONAL DEFENSE

Authors

  • ARMENUHI DEMIRCHYAN ASPU

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24234/journalforarmenianstudies.v4i63.69

Keywords:

Mesrop Mashtots, Vagharsh C, alphabet, numerical table, state patronage, Bible, translation, school construction, region, international activity

Abstract

In this work, the invention of writing is examined from the need to strive for a new rise by the example of the past. Mashtots' activities are examined in the light of the cooperation of king Vramshapuh (hereafter Vagharsh III) and the Catholicos Sahak Partev, who always supported him, as with the combined forces of the court and the church, the Armenian nation had its own alphabet and number table, and even after the loss of the statehood it created its great and powerful culture for centuries. The purpose of the work is to show the similarity of the challanges facing the country in times of crisis and the importance of being together for the national benefit. For this, literary sources presented the extreme situation leading to assimilation of the nation in the 5th century, which was opposed by Vagharsh III with his visionary policy.

He, unlike his warlike brother, Khosrov D, showed that he was tolerand with the sharing the country, in 387, but said no to foreign education. He used state revenues to establish the Armenian school, starting with the alphabet, for which he sent Mashtots with his students abroad, covering their expenses for 9 years (396-405). After that, until his death (414), Vagharsh III solved the various problems of opening a library, a church and schools keeping the peace in the entire region. Thanks to him, Mashtots showed his scientific and organizational brilliant abilities. Even after the death of Vagharsh III, again entering the international arena, Mashtots opened schools with the permition of Byuzantium emperor Teodos B and united the spiritual life of the country, and by creating alphabets for Georgians and Aghvans, he solved the question of their existence.

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12.01.2024