Business Event

Cilician Armenia (1080-1375): The Pearl of the Mediterranean

Armenian Research Center

Cilician Armenia (1080-1375): The Pearl of the Mediterranean
5 juin 2024   7:00 PM
St. Sarkis Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128
Michigan - United States

The fall of the Bagratuni kingdom of Armenia in 1045 triggered massive emigration from Greater Armenia. Besides Armenian noblemen, merchants and artisans were also among the migrants, looking for new horizons in Cilicia to pursue their endeavors.

Dr. Gevorgyan's talk will focus on the Armenian principality of Cilicia, founded in 1080, which became a kingdom in 1198. Focusing on trade and other issues, he will discuss how Armenians maintained a state in Cilicia for 300 years in a region that was continuously contested among competing empires.

Dr. Zohrab Gevorgyan is a historian of the Middle Ages and a specialist in history pedagogy. He is a senior researcher at the Institute of History at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia. His numerous publications include a monograph entitled "The Armenian State of Cilicia in the Mediterranean Trade System (13-14th Centuries)" [in Armenian, Yerevan 2015]. Dr. Gevorgyan is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Promise Armenian Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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