Serge Momjian’s new book “Vardan” was published in London.
The author, Serge Momjian, splendidly recaptures the horror of the
Christian persecutions and martyrs of the past and the terrific spirit
of Vardan, who, along with the Armenian people, defended their
principles during a turbulent period of their history. The book offers
fresh and captivating insights into the battle, as well as crucial
events during the dominant reigns of Persian kings and Roman emperors
over Armenia. It includes corroborated dialogue and speeches, which
bring the ancient world and the main characters to life.
Vardan Mamikonian was the supreme commander of the Armenian armed
forces from 432 to 451 AD, when Ancient Armenia had been partitioned
between the Byzantine and Persian Empires for more than four decades.
The Armenian nobility, also divided into two political camps,
pro-Byzantine and pro-Persian, competed for absolute power.
Vardan led the rebellion against the Sasanian overlords, and their
attempt to force Armenian Christians to convert back to
Zoroastrianism. He and his army of 60,000 soldiers bravely confronted
the Persian imperial army of 260,000 men and their war elephants at
the Battle of Avarayr, in what became one of the first holy wars
between the Christian and Mazdian religions.
The book costs £9.95 and you can order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram Spark and many online retailers.
Serge Momjian author of books “Komitas, The Artist and The Martyr” and “Tigranes the Great,The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire”.