Unité d'arménien

Nouvelle collection "Armenian Texts and Studies"

New collection “Armenian Texts and Studies” (ARTS) - Brill publisher 

Edited by Valentina Calzolari, University of Geneva and Theo Maarten van Lint, University of Oxford


This series combines persisting needs with emerging emphases in Armenian studies. It encourages studies that place Armenian culture in its multifaceted international context, on the Armenian plateau as well as in its historic and current Diaspora.

Philological studies containing important critically edited texts, translations and commentaries remain necessary as before. Thousands of Armenian manuscripts await disclosure in order to become part of scholarly and popular discourse and take their place in a field that invites interdisciplinary and pluralistic approaches like few others.

Armenian literature from the seventeenth century up to the present is understudied and will amply repay scholarly engagement.

In recent decades, the study of Armenian material culture, mythology and folklore has made great strides, next to art and architecture. The series welcomes contributions in these extensive fields.

Armenian Texts and Studies will cover Armenian prehistory up to the modern and contemporary period and promotes research that applies methods current in sociology, anthropology and other social sciences next to those used in literary, linguistic and historical studies, including the study of Armenian cinema and modern media.


Premier volume : ARTS, vol. 1 (2017) 

Nersēs of Lambron: Commentary on the Dormition of Saint John. Armenian Text and Annotated Translation by Robert W. Thomson 

This is the first translation of the twelfth century Armenian commentary on the death of John the Evangelist as found in the Acts of John. The last section of the apocryphal life of the Evangelist became detached from the whole, and circulated widely in the churches of east and west. The Armenian version was included in service books, Bibles, and collections of saints’ lives. Yet no medieval commentary on that brief text is known in any other language.

Nersēs of Lambron [1153-1198], Archbishop of Tarsus, was a prolific author and an influential player in the ecclesiastical politics of his era. He used this work as a medium for spiritual reflection, and for an exposition of the Armenian tradition as opposed to the theologies of the Greek and Syrian churches.


20 septembre 2017