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Early Indo-European Texts


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.

Koriwn's The History of the Life and Death of the Holy Teacher Mesrop, Books V and VI

Ew aynpēs trtmakan hogovkʿ pašareal ew tʿakardapateal ew ankeal i cupʿs xorhrdocʿ, etʿē orpisi ardeōkʿ els iracʿn gtanicʿē : Ew ibrew awurs bazums andēn i nmin degerēr, yarucʿeal aynuhetew hasanēr aṙ surb Katʿołikos Hayocʿ mecacʿ, oroy anunn čanačʿēr Sahak, zor patrastakan gtanēr, nmin pʿutʿoy hawaneal : Ew miangamayn yōžarutʿeamb gumareal handerj ałōtʿiwkʿ mecovkʿ aṙ Astuac kanxēin, vasn amenayn ogwocʿ kʿristosaber pʿrkutʿeann hasaneloy: ew zayn aṙnēin awurs bazums : Apa elanēr nocʿa pargewakan yamenabarin Astucoy žołovel zašxarhahog xorhurdn eraneli miabanelocʿn, ew girs nšanagroy Hayastan azgin hasanel: bazum harcʿ pʿorji ew kʿnnutʿean zanjins parapecʿucʿeal, ew bazum ašxatutʿeancʿ hambereal, azd aṙnēin apa ew zkanxagoyn xndrelin iwreancʿ tʿagaworin Hayocʿ, oroy anun kočʿēr Vṙamšapuh : Yaynžam patmēr nocʿa arkʿayn, vasn aṙn urumn asorwoy episkoposi aznuakani` Daniēl anun kočʿecʿeloy, oroy yankarc uremn nšanagirs ałpʿabetacʿ hayerēn lezui : Ew ibrew patmecʿaw nocʿa yarkʿayē vasn greloyn i Daniēlē, yōžarecʿin zarkʿay` pʿoytʿ aṙnel vasn pitoyicʿn aynocʿik : Ew na aṙakʿēr zomn Vahrič anun hrovartakōkʿ aṙ ayr mi erēcʿ, oroy anun Habēl kočʿēin: or ēr merjawor Daniēli asorwoy episkoposi :


And thus he was caught and surrounded by vile spirits and fell into torrents of thoughts about what sort of escape he might find from those affairs. And when he had spent many days there upon this, he rose up and forthwith approached the holy Catholicos of greater Armenia, whose name was known as Sahak, whom he found willing, having acceded to this concern. And thus inclined, assembled together, they rose up with powerful prayers to God for obtaining Christ-borne salvation for all the souls; and they continued to do this for many days. Then it occurred to them, granted by benevolent God, to collect the patriotic counsel of the blessed monks and to obtain letters of the alphabet for the Armenian people; having devoted themselves to a great examination of experiment and investigation, and having endured great labors, they then made an announcement of their own searching to the king of the Armenians, whose name was called Vramshapuh. Then the king told them about a certain man called Daniel by name, an Assyrian bishop of noble origin, who had elsewhere devised letters of the alphabet for the Armenian language. And when this was related to them by the king about the writing from Daniel, they prompted the king to take care according to their needs. And by decree he sent someone, Vahrich by name, to an elderly man whose name they called Habel, who was an acquaintance of the Assyrian bishop Daniel.