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Translation And Transformation: Armenian Meditations On The Metamorphic Power Of Language

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Although Greco-Roman language and literature remained the dominant force in the center of the Christian world, towards the periphery there now existed Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, and Syriac literatures. The literary emergence of local tongues changed the fundamental relationship between culture and language in those areas. The task of converting Armenians to Christianity began immediately after the conversion of King Trdat at the beginning of the fourth century. The lack of an Armenian translation of scripture remained an obstacle in the Christianization of the Armenian people. Grigor Tatʿewacʿi lived during the Timurid invasions of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. Language, both spoken and written, forms as much an integral part of the created universe for Tatʿewacʿi as it did for the grammatical commentators. Grigor Narekac‘i lived in the second half of the tenth century and died in 1003.

Keywords: Armenian translation; Greco-Roman language; Grigor Narekac‘i; Grigor Tatʿewacʿi



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