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On The Basic Idea Of The History Of The Armenians

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This chapter deals with the basic problem of the Neoplatonist impact upon the Armenian intellectual experience of Late Antiquity, 5th-7th centuries. It came to Armenia with the theology worked out by the eminent Fathers of the Church of Alexandria and (especially) Caesarea: Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, etc. Intellectualized Christianity was a combination of biblical and Greek traditions thought incompatible over long centuries. One of the principal features of Moses Khorenatsi' understanding of history points out its parallelism with human life aimed at eutaxia and eudaimonia. Moses traces two poles of parallelism between history and human life. The bearers of them are, on the one hand, the Armenian community, on the other hand, the author himself.

Keywords: Armenian community; intellectualized Christianity; Moses Khorenatsi; Neoplatonist



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