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AUA Adjunct Lecturer Albert Stepanyan Publishes Khorenica

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YEREVAN, Armenia  — The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that AUA Adjunct Lecturer of Armenian history Albert Stepanyan has published a monograph titled Khorenica: Studies in Moses Khorenatsi. The book, released by the Yerevan State University Press, is dedicated to the History of the Armenians by Moses Khorenatsi, an Early Medieval author whose work has played an exceptional role in the intellectual history of Armenia.

The monograph results from a ten-year investigation by Stepanyan systematized into nine research sketches. The book is arranged into four main sections: The Author and his Social Theory: Cosmic Rhythm and Royal Authority; Aspects of Social Partnership; and Ways of Self-Conception and Identity. 

“It is designed for the advanced reader with intellectual experience in the various fields of ancient, medieval and modern humanities. They are expected to enter into dialogue with Khorenatsi and his intellectual entourage. This implies a meeting of two époques that promises to expand the author’s narrative with new descriptions, interpretations and understandings of (even) well-known facts of the History,” Stepanyan explicates in the Preface of the monograph referring to the hypertextuality of the narrative.

According to the author, “history must be rewritten from time to time utilizing a point of view influenced by new ideas, concepts, and understandings.” This idea lies at the core of Stepanyan’s fundamental research focusing on various aspects of the historical concept of Moses Khorenatsi, which has had an immense impact on succeeding works on the history of Armenia and its neighboring countries. 

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.

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