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Early Indo-European Texts

Armenian

Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Armenian with a modern English translation. This particular text and its translation are extracted from a lesson in the Early Indo-European Online series, where one may find detailed information about this text (see the Table of Contents page for Classical Armenian Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Armenian language and its speakers' culture.

Moses of Khoren's History, Book II, Chapter 30

E'nd ayn zhamanaks ekats' i gorts hazarapetut'ean kayser i veray P'iwnikets'wots' ew Pal'estinats'wots', Asorwots' ew Mijagetats', Marrinos ordi Storgeay. arr or arrak'eats' Abgaros erkus i glxaworats' iwrots', zMarihab bdeshxn Al'dzneats', ew zSHamshagram nahapet Apahuneats' tohmin, ew zAnan hawatarim iwr` i k'al'ak'n Bet'k'ubin, zgats'uts'anel nma zpatcharrs ert'aloyn iwroy yarewels, ts'uts'anelov nma zgir uxtin` or e'nd Artashés ew e'nd el'bars iwr, ew arrnel zna t'ikuns ôgnakanut'ean : Orots' ekeal gtin zna yElewt'eroypôlis : Ew nora e'nkaleal znosa xal'al'ut'eamb ew metsaranôk', arrné patasxani Abgaru. Mi kaskatsér i kayseré saks aynr, miayn zi harkeln liov p'ut'asts'is : Ew nots'a dardzeal anti, elin yErusal'ém tesanel zP'rkich'n mer K'ristos vasn lroy hambawots' sk'anch'elagortsut'eants'n. orum ew akanates el'eal patmets'in Abgaru : E'nd or zarmats'eal Abgaru, hawatats' chshmartapés ibr ardarew ordi Astutsoy, ew asé. Ayn zôrut'iwnk' och' mardoy en, ayl Astutsoy. zi ch'ik' ok' i mardkané or karé zmerreals yaruts'anel, bayts' miayn Astuats : Ew k'anzi apakaneal ér marminn iwr i ch'arach'ar ts'awots', or patahets'in nma i Parsits' ashxarhin yarraj k'an zeawt'n am, or i mardkané och' el'ew nma hnar bzhshkut'ean, et tanel nma t'ul't' al'ach'anats', gal ew bzhshkel zna i ts'awots'n

Translation

At that time Marinus, son of Storgius, took the post of the emperor's chiliarch over the Phoenicians and Palestinians, the Syrians and Mesopotamians. And to him Abgar sent two from among his notables, Mar Ihab, the consul of Aghjnik', and Shamshagram, a senior prince of the dynasty of the Apahunis, as well as Anan his confidant, to the city of Bet-Kubin, to inform him of the reasons of his going to the East by showing him the text of the agreement which was between Artashes and his brothers, and to make him an aid of his support. And they, upon arriving, found him in Eleutheropolis. And he, having received them with peace and honor, gave an answer to Abgar: Do not doubt the emperor on account of this, merely that you hasten to pay his tribute off in full. And they, having returned from there, went up to Jerusalem to see our Savior Christ on account of hearing the news of the miracles; and being witness to this, they recounted this to Abgar. Astonished at this, Abgar recognized him truly as son of God, and said: "These marvels are not of man but of God, for there is no one among men who is able to raise the dead, save God alone." And because his own body was corrupted by terrible pains, which had befallen him in the land of the Persians seven years before, and which among men there was not for him a means of curing, he granted to be taken to him a letter of entreaty to come and cure him of his pains....