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July 19, 2015
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You will find three weeks staying to visit a convention of Armenian artefacts which may have gone on screen for the first time in the Weston Library.

Professor Theo van Lint associated with the Oriental Institute at Oxford University and Robin Meyer of the Faculty of Classics have curated the show of items from the Bodleian Libraries' Armenian choices, in the first significant UK convention to pay attention to Armenian tradition in 15 years. The exhibition covers over 2000 many years of Armenian history and tradition, from pre-Christian age toward genocide in the early 20th century.

'It's interesting to move from a scholastic perspective to think about the general public’s knowledge and interest in Armenia, ' said Robin Meyer. 'for example, the ‘Narek’ - the work of a 10th century poet - may not appear available, but once individuals discover that it is still known and revered these days – also learnt by heart – this is certainly anything interesting.'

The Narek is a work of poetry by Gregory of Narek, an Armenian saint. The event features an 18th-century printed copy that has been lent by a British Armenian household, for whom the guide serves as a 'Saint of the House'. It really is held covered with levels of silk and fabric and various other things of reverence.

'Every step of this procedure of curation is informative, ' stated Professor van Lint. 'It requires conservation, posting, and design – for-instance, we commissioned cradles to keep the publications on screen without damaging them.'

The convention includes books spanning several millennia, including the one which records the initial understood poem inside Armenian language.

The poem, which will be taped in Movsēs Xorenac‘i’s reputation for the Armenians, recounts the beginning of Vahagn, a god of war and the main Armenian Zoroastrian pantheon. Not many fragments of pre-Christian Armenian poetry survive, in addition to 'tune of Vahagn', which describes the god's fiery hair and beard, holds some interesting resemblances to Iranian and Indian fables.

2015 markings the centenary of genocide perpetrated contrary to the Armenian people during World War I.

'Although we have made use of the anniversary of the genocide while the occasion with this exhibition, we didn’t want merely to mourn, but additionally to utilize the total wealth of the collections to commemorate many thousands of years of Armenian history and tradition, ' states Professor van Lint.

'We wanted to show that this is a country and a people who has been essential to the introduction of culture and trade, and has in the same way wealthy and complex a tradition as Russia or Italy, as an example, but which is significantly less dominant in Britain.

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