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Armenian Pontus, Richard G. Hovannisian

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    Armenian Pontus

    Richard G. Hovannisian

    The Trebizond-Black Sea Communities


    From early antiquity, the Armenian people developed a rich and distinctive culture
    on the great highland plateau extending from eastern Asia Minor to the Caucasus.
    On that crossroad, they interacted on many levels with civilizations of the Orient and

    The golden plains, river valleys, and mountain ribs of the Armenian Plateau are
    separated from the lush, semitropical Black Sea littoral by the imposing Pontic
    mountain range. Nevertheless, associations between Armenia and Pontus date back
    to the era of the Persian Achaemenian Empire beginning in the sixth century
    B.C.Later in 401-400 B.C., the Greek general Xenophon traversed the Armenian
    Plateau as an escape route from the Persian heartlands to Trapezus (Trebizond) on
    the Black Sea, his account of that adventurous journey affording one of the earliest
    written descriptions of ancient Armenia. Economic and cultural interaction between
    Armenia and Pontus increased during the centuries of Roman dominion in Asia Minor
    and especially during the time of the medieval Greco/Byzantine Empire of
    Trebizond. Thriving, enlightened Armenian communities developed all along the
    extensive narrow corridor from Batum in the east to Samsun and Sinope in the
    west, while the curious Armenian enclave of Hamshen in the eastern Pontic
    hinterland retained much of its Armenian character long after its population was
    forcibly Islamized in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    The UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces,” is organized
    by the Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian
    History with the purpose of exploring and illuminating the historical, political,
    cultural, religious, social, and economic legacy of a people rooted for millennia on
    the Armenian highland.

    Armenian Pontus is the eighth of the conference proceedings to be published.
    Scholars from various disciplines offer the story of the Armenian communities in the
    Pontus-Black Sea region across the centuries until their violent elimination in the
    first decades of the twentieth century.

    More at this link:

    Edit: I have no idea why the text came out like this.Really strange.
    Last edited by Alexandros; 01-31-2009, 04:48 PM.

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    Re: Armenian Pontus, Richard G. Hovannisian

    Thank you Alexandros for this information on this valuable new book.

    My mother was born in Trabzon. Here are my pages related to Trebizonde :

    I'll try to contact Professor Richard Hovanissian to thank him :
    The Five Meliks of Karabagh by Raff, i(published in Armenian in Vienna, 1906 translated into English by Amy Apcar- Calcutta, 1918,

    Take care. Nil (Paris)