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


DOI: 10.24411/2219-8857-2018-00020


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Syrian 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 Research University Higher School of Economics in Perm branch of the National Research University Higher School of Economics