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3.9 Cities of God: Ejmiatsin and Christian Armenia

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 30, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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As if an interest in patristics isn’t strange enough, in this episode we’re getting still more exotic. We’re entering the world of Armenian patristics. We’re visiting the ancient city of Ejmiatsin—leaping over the barriers of language (and even alphabet) to encounter the heroes too often neglected in the histories. This is the story of St. Gregory the Illuminator and his contemporaries, and the Church they founded. Armenia also became a great center of learning and so houses translations of many Greek and Syriac works that would otherwise be lost.


Mike Aquilina, Rabbles, Riots, and Ruins: Twelve Ancient Cities and How They Were Evangelized

Mike Aquilina, “Ancient Christian capital rises again in stunning New York exhibit”

Helen C. Evans, ed., Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages

Society for Armenian Studies, Digital Resources

Robert W. Thomson, Five Studies in Armenian Patristics

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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