ARMENIA IN INTERNATIONAL AND ARMENIAN OLD MAPS, ITS GEOGRAPHY AND
Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:10 AM
Published on Jan 27, 2013
Abstract: This talk will show how, during the past 2,600 years Greco-Roman,
Islamic and Western geographers, historians and cartographers saw and wrote
about Armenia and how they depicted the country in their maps. The story
will be told with maps made by the Greek, Islamic and European
cartographers.These maps form part of the World geographic and cartographic
heritage, the originals of which are kept in
various well-known libraries and museums, such as the Library of Congress,
the British Library, National Library of France, Municipal Library of
Berlin, and libraries of Bologna, Istanbul, Yerevan and many others. The
maps come to prove that, in the territory of the South Caucasus and the
Middle East, there are only two countries, Armenia and Iran that could
claim an existence of over 2,000 years and how our neighboring countries,
such as Turkey and Georgia became to be known as they are now, only after
some 2,000 years. It also confirms that the country known as the Republic
of Azerbaijan, north of the Arax River was born only in 1918, copying its
name from the Iranian north-western Province of Azerbaijan, south of the
river Arax. The Armenian language maps of 14-18th centuries will also be
Rouben Galichian (Galchian) was born in Tabriz, Iran, to an Armenian family
who had fled Van in 1915 to escape the Genocide. They arrived in Iran via
Armenia, Georgia and France. Rouben attended school in Tehran and then
received a scholarship to study in the UK. He received his degree in
Electronics Engineering with honors, from the University of Aston,
Birmingham, in 1963. Rouben's interest in geography and cartography peaked
in the 1970s. In 1981 he moved to London with his family, where he had
access to a huge variety of cartographic material. His first book entitled
"Historic Maps of Armenia:The Cartographic Heritage" (I. B Tauris, London &
NY, 2004) contained a collection of world maps and maps of Armenia over a
period of 2600 years, as created by various mapmakers. It became a
bestseller in its kind. The following year, an expanded version of the book
(in English, Russian and Armenian) was published in Armenia (Printinfo Art
Books, 2005). His third book, "Countries South of the Caucasus in Medieval
Maps: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan" (Gomidas Institute, London, 2007),
provides more detailed cartographical and geographical information of this
area. His fourth book, "The Invention of History: Azerbaijan, Armenia, and
the Showcasing of Imaginations" (Gomidas Institute-London and Printinfo Art
Books-Yerevan, April 2009), documents the native Armenian pedigree in
Nagorno-Karabagh through the centuries as opposed to the Azerbaijani
claims. His latest book is entitled "Clash of the Histories in the South
Caucsus. Redrawing the map of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran", where the
Azerbaijani falsifications, their reasoning and methods used are discussed,
and 44 old and medieval maps from all over the world are analyzed, proving
the truth about the present-day Azerbaijani falsified historiography
(Bennett & Bloom, London, 2012). All the books are available through
Amazon.com and other sources. For his charitable work done in Vanadzor,
Armenia, Rouben was presented with the "Freedom of the city of Vanadzor"
awarded in 2006. For his services to Armenian historical cartography Rouben
was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the National Academy of Sciences of
Armenia in November of 2008. In 2009 he was the recipient of "Vazgen I"
cultural achievements medal. He is married with a son and grandchildren and
shares his time between London and Yerevan,
Posted 24 May 2018 - 10:15 AM
An exhibition of historical maps of Armenia has solemnly launched today at the museum of Estonia’s University of Tartu.
The exhibit titled “Armenia in old maps” has been initiated and organized by Armenia’s Embassy in Estonia (residence Vilnius) and the administration of the Tartu University with the support of the Union of Armenians of Estonia and the local Armenian community.
Tigran Mkrtchyan, Ambassador of Armenia to Estonia, presented the collection of Armenian maps drafted by historian Rouben Galichian covering the period from the 6th century BC until the 20th century, the Foreign Ministry’s press service told Panorama.am.
The Armenia envoy stressed that regardless of the fact that Armenia lacked an independent statehood for some 650 years (from 1375 to 1918), the world cartography continued to name the territory of the Armenian Plateau as “Armenia”.
“That approach gradually changed only after the Armenian Genocide, when the Armenian people ceased to exist on the major part of their historical homeland,” Mkrtchyan said.
Summing up, the ambassador noted that the 50 maps on display in fact show the most important points of the Armenian people’s history and are the best means to represent the Armenian history to foreigners.
Mayor of Tartu City Urmas Klaas expressed his gratitude for organizing such a cognitive exhibition, noting the Armenian people have a very rich history that should be occasionally presented to foreign audiences.
He also said that Tartu houses a big cross stone symbolizing the Armenian-Estonian friendship erected at one of the central parts of the city in 1978.
The “Armenia in old maps” exhibition runs until 3 June.
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