Ancient Armenian History – Part 2
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The course has been designed to provide comprehensive yet concise knowledge on Ancient Armenian history. It describes Armenia from the last decade of Tigran II the Great kingdom to the 5th century A.D. The curriculum is divided into eight lessons to provide an overview of the Armenian-Roman wars in 69-66 B.C; the kingdom of Artavazd II; the fall of Artashesian dynasty; the Arshakunyan dynasty and adoption of Christianity; the power of Pap king and the fall of Arshakunyan dynasty; and the governmental system of Armenia in the 4th and 5th centuries AD.
The course is accessible to a large audience. Emphasis has been placed on the geography of Armenia, Armenian governance structures, the objectives of Armenian independence, social, political and economic development and on the history of the Armenian Church.

Períodos oferecidos

Inverno de 20256 de dezembro (sexta-feira) – 22 de dezembro (domingo) de 20246 de janeiro (segunda-feira) – 11 de março (terça-feira)
Primavera de 20257 de março (sexta-feira) – 23 de março (domingo)7 de abril (segunda-feira) – 10 de junho (terça-feira)
Verão de 20256 de junho (sexta-feira) – 22 de junho (domingo)7 de julho (segunda-feira) – 9 de setembro (terça-feira)
Outono de 20255 de setembro (sexta-feira) – 21 de setembro (domingo)6 de outubro (segunda-feira) – 9 de dezembro (terça-feira)

Topics Covered

  • Armenian-Roman Wars 69-66 B.C.;
  • The struggle between the Armenians and Romans under the Kingdom of Artavazd II; the fall of Artashesian Dynasty;
  • The old Armenian governmental system and its economy and culture;
  • The foundation of the Arshakunyan Kingdom in Armenia (Trdat the I Arshakuni);
  • Adoption of Christianity in Armenia;
  • The struggle of Armenians against Sassanid Persia 330-360 A.D. and King Arshak II;
  • Armenia under the reign of Pap Arshakuni: the fall of the Arshakunis dynasty;
  • Feudalism in Armenia in the IV-V centuries; the State system.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with the chronology of significant events in Armenian history that had an impact on the Armenian nationhood; knowledge of the place of Armenian history within world history; and practice with the processes of historical inquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.

Course Schedule

Week 0

Orientation Week Students become familiar with the Student Manual, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in the introductory discussion forum, and identify the time zone in which they are working. Students will also familiarize and verify the technical compliance with all the communication and learning tools to be used during the course.

Week 1-8

Lessons 1-8 (use of electronic texts and multimedia resources) 
Individual and small group activities

Week 3

Individual project due

Week 7

Group project due

Week 8

Final Exam

Course Requirements & Grading

Students are required to actively participate in on-line discussions, forums and chats, to participate in individual and collaborative activities, and to meet deadlines for assignments. Students are required to be familiar and comply with Academic Policy of AVC

Student performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the term according to the following: 

20% - participation
25% - individual project
25% - group project
30% - final exam

Grades will be assigned by letters according to AVC Grading Policy


Ani Dekirmenchyan

Teaching Methodology

The electronic resources have been designed for user-friendly access and comprehension by a broad audience. Activities and online discussions are supported by the illustration-writing, listening method, as well as the top-down method. Individual and collaborative student assignments are designed to engage students in authentic research and sharing of information. Students will gain from the course in direct relationship to the contributions they make to their own learning.

Course Materials

No hardcopy texts are required. Selected online resources will be included as a part of the lessons. Students are required to read/listen/view all material and complete all assignments.
The online resources are drawn from the publicly available professional historical literature, academic curricula, recent publications in professional journals, educational material used in schools, and from discussions of controversies within the science of history.
The electronic resources are designed for university and pre-university students, secondary school history teachers and adult learners in Armenia and the Diaspora.

Course Sources

  • Danielyan E and Melkonyan A, (eds). The Armenian History. (Yerevan: 2008).
  • Melkonyan A. (ed). The Armenian History. (Yerevan: 1998).
  • The History of Armenian People: Volume I-VIII. (Yerevan: Academy of Sciences Press, 1967-84).