MAIASK. 2018. No. 10
Basil Lourié (Perm, Russia)
Syrian and Armenian Christianity in
Northern Macedonia from the Middle of the
Eighth to the Middle of the Ninth Century
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and Armenian influence has been felt in the Old Bulgarian culture by different
scholars, such as archaeologists and architecture historians as well as
historians of the earliest Bulgarian writing and manuscripts. Some of them, looking
for a possible source of this influence, pointed to resettling a large Syrian
and Armenian population from the former Roman Armenia's lands in the Caliphate
to northern Macedonia
in the 750s. An exhaustive overview of the literary sources related to this
resettlement (in Greek, Syriac, Arabic, and Armenian)
demonstrates that took place a translatio
urbis of Theodosiopolis/Karin (modern Erzurum) together with a
great part of Christian population of the Great Armenia and Melitene.
The immigrants created new cities where preserved and developed their local
cults, including the famous cult of the Fifteen Martyrs of Theodosiopolis/Strumica.
Key words: Northern Macedonia, Early Slavic Christianity, Hagiography, Strumica, Syrian Christianity, Armenian Christianity,
Baptism of Bulgaria.
Received December 12, 2018
Accepted for publication December 29, 2018
About the author:
Basil Lourié (Perm, Russia).
Doctor of Philosophical Science, Professor of the National
“Higher School of Economics” in Perm — branch of
the National Research University
“Higher School of Economics”