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The Ruins of Ani: A Journey to Armenia's Medieval Capital and its Legacy

Author/EditorBalakian, Krikor (Author)
Balakian, Peter (Author)
Balakian, Peter (Author)
Arkun, Aram (Author)
ISBN: 9781978802919
Pub Date03/12/2018
BindingHardback
Pages174
EditionTranslated, New
Dimensions (mm)203(h) * 127(w) * 20(d)
Part historical study, part travel memoir, The Ruins of Ani takes readers on a thousand-year journey back to the former capital of the Armenian kingdom, once world-renowned for its magnificent buildings. This new translation by the author's great-nephew, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Peter Balakian, eloquently captures the book's vivid descriptions and lyrical prose.
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Winner of the 2019 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies (NAASR)

From the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, the city of Ani was the jewel of the Armenian kingdom, renowned far and wide for its magnificent buildings. Known as the city of 1001 churches, Ani was a center for artistic innovation, and its architecture is a potential missing link between Byzantine and Gothic styles. By the fifteenth century, Ani was virtually abandoned, its stunning buildings left to crumble. Yet its ruins have remained a symbol of cultural accomplishment that looms large in the Armenian imagination.

The Ruins of Ani is a unique combination of history, art criticism, and travel memoir that takes readers on a thousand-year journey in search of past splendors. Today, Ani is a popular tourist site in Turkey, but the city has been falsified in its presentation by the Turkish government in order to erase Armenian history in the wake of the Armenian Genocide. This timely publication also raises questions about the preservation of major historic monuments in the face of post atrocity campaigns of cultural erasure.

Originally written by young priest Krikor Balakian in 1910, just a few years before the Armenian genocide, this book offers a powerful and poignant counterpart to Balakian's acclaimed genocide memoir Armenian Golgotha. This new translation by the author's great-nephew, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Peter Balakian, eloquently renders the book's vivid descriptions and lyrical prose into English. Including a new introduction that explores Ani's continued relevance in the twenty-first century, The Ruins of Ani will give readers a new appreciation for this lost city's status as a pinnacle of both Armenian civilization and human achievement.

Winner of the 2019 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies (NAASR)

From the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, the city of Ani was the jewel of the Armenian kingdom, renowned far and wide for its magnificent buildings. Known as the city of 1001 churches, Ani was a center for artistic innovation, and its architecture is a potential missing link between Byzantine and Gothic styles. By the fifteenth century, Ani was virtually abandoned, its stunning buildings left to crumble. Yet its ruins have remained a symbol of cultural accomplishment that looms large in the Armenian imagination.

The Ruins of Ani is a unique combination of history, art criticism, and travel memoir that takes readers on a thousand-year journey in search of past splendors. Today, Ani is a popular tourist site in Turkey, but the city has been falsified in its presentation by the Turkish government in order to erase Armenian history in the wake of the Armenian Genocide. This timely publication also raises questions about the preservation of major historic monuments in the face of post atrocity campaigns of cultural erasure.

Originally written by young priest Krikor Balakian in 1910, just a few years before the Armenian genocide, this book offers a powerful and poignant counterpart to Balakian's acclaimed genocide memoir Armenian Golgotha. This new translation by the author's great-nephew, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Peter Balakian, eloquently renders the book's vivid descriptions and lyrical prose into English. Including a new introduction that explores Ani's continued relevance in the twenty-first century, The Ruins of Ani will give readers a new appreciation for this lost city's status as a pinnacle of both Armenian civilization and human achievement.

KRIKOR BALAKIAN (1876-1934) was one of the leading Armenian intellectuals of his generation. One of the 250 cultural leaders arrested by Turkish officials in 1915, he survived four years in the killing fields of the Armenian genocide, chronicled in his memoir Armenian Golgotha. A member of the Armenian delegation to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, he later served as pastor of the Armenian Church in Manchester and bishop of the Armenian Church of south France. PETER BALAKIAN is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the department of English at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He is the author of many books, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, winner of the Raphael Lemkin Prize; Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Award for Memoir; and Ozone Journal, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. ARAM ARKUN is the executive director of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and an assistant editor at the Armenian Mirror-Spectator.

Contents Introduction by Peter Balakian Chapter I: The History of Ani Part I-The Foundation and Flourishing of Ani Part II-The Sale of Ani Part III-The Seljuk Invasions and the Destruction of Ani Chapter II: The Topography of Ani Chapter III: The Description of the Ruins of Ani The External Walls The Cathedral Surp Krikor Lusaworich' [St. Gregory the Illuminator] Church Surp Arak'elots' [Holy Apostles] Church Abughamrents' Surp Krikor Church Kakgashen [Gagkashen] Surp Krikor Church Vrats' [Georgian] Church The Palace of the Pakradunis Ani's Residence of the Catholicos The Statue of Kakig [Gagik] I Ani's Citadel The Girls' Fortress The Two Story Bridge and the Pekhents' Monastery The Tombstone of the Royal Princes The Ruins of the Royal Bath The Royal Road Leading to the Akhurian River Ghoshavank' Near Ani [The Monastery of Horomos] The Vaulted and Pillared Inner Part of the Royal Conference Hall in Ghoshavank' Surp Minas and Surp Kevork Chapels in the Valley of Ghoshavank' The Tomb of King Ashod [Ashot] the Merciful Chapter IV: Scholarly Ani Part I-The Armenian Architectural Style Ani's Plan [illustration] Part II-The Present Excavations of Ani Voyage to Ani His Holiness the Holy Patriarch's Voyage to Ani The Pilgrim of Ani Acknowledgments Glossary Index

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