NAREKATSI, Grigor (St Gregory of Narek), b. ca. 951; d. 1003. Grigor Narekatsi is the author of Matean voghbergut’ean (‘Book of Lamentations’), the most recognised work in Armenian literature. This is a book of devotion and spiritual consolation second only to the Bible. Mischa Kudian, in his foreword to his English translation of the first 25 elegies from Matean voghbergut’ean calls Narekatsi ‘the most outstanding figure in the whole of Armenian literature’, and he deserves to be known as one of the great mystical writers of medieval Christendom. Narekatsi is also the inventor of a new genre of spiritual songs called tagh (lays) and gandz (canticles). These are religious songs intended for...
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