Armenia and the Byzantine Empire by Sirarpie Der Nersessian

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When Arsaces, king of Roman Armenia, died shortly after, the western part of the country was governed by Armenian nobles under the general supervision of the Comes Armeniae, and later under that of the Magister Militum per Armeniam, appointed by the emperor. In the eastern provinces, that is in Persarmenia, the Armenian kings kept their nominal power until 428-9, but with the death of the last descendant of the royal house, both military and civil authority passed into the hands of the marzpans, that is the markgraves appointed by the Persian kings.

I have also begun to translate Euclid's geometry. " Gregory Magistros also mentions some of the Greek works which had already been translated: "the writings of Olympiodorus, mentioned by David, most admirable and marvelous poems which equal all the philosophical discourses. C. C. The David to whom reference is made in the letter is the Armenian philosopher, David the Invincible, a pupil of Olympiodorus. Gregory Magistros had come to Constantinople in 1045 with the Bagratid king, Gagik; he had been received by the emperor Constantine Monomachus with marked honor, and welcomed by the Byzantine scholars as one of the great minds of the century.

These emigrants were soon joined by other exiles who fled the Arab persecutions and exactions. " For centuries members of the most important families had been going to Byzantium. Artabanes, a descendant of the royal Arsacid family, held a high position in the Byzantine army during the reign of Justinian and even aspired to the imperial throne. Valentine, or Valentinian, also an Arsacid, rebelled against Constans II in 644 and attempted to seize the power. " At the end of the seventh century the commander-in-chief of the Armenian armies, Smbat Bagratuni, had twice sought refuge in Byzantine territory, accompanied by his na\harars and clients.

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