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The Ruins of Ani
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Table of 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

About the Author

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.

Reviews

"Krikor Balakian's rhapsodic narrative is a scholarly, flowery mix of architectural history and a travelogue of his much-anticipated pilgrimage. He writes lovingly about church ornamentation and holy day services held among the architectural ruins; he also thunders against bloodthirsty marauders and unworthy, greedy priests in Armenia's past. The text is accompanied by numerous richly toned photographs of Ani's dramatic ruins, which are critical evidence of lost history."

--Foreword Reviews
"[The Ruins of Ani] documents the history, genius, and tragedy of the Armenian civilization as refracted through its ancient capital. It also illuminates one of those rare places that leaves visitors feeling they might have to dust off the word mystical to describe the experience."--The Arts Fuse

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