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I. Antiquity – II. Armenian Apostolic Church

I. Antiquity

1. Armenia encompasses the plateau around Mt. Ararat (5165 m), the Lakes of Van and Sevan, and the sources of the Euphrates and Tigris, thus the land in which the kingdom of the Urarteans (Ass. Urarṭu, cf. Hebr. ʿrrṭ Jer 51:27; Gen 8:4) existed in the period before the appearance of the Armenians, perhaps in the 7th century bce, and which was conquered by the Iranian Medes in 590 bce. The actual Armenian core territory is to be identified wit…

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Schmitt, Rüdiger and Hannick, Christian, “Armenia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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