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Mkhitar Gosh

Mkhitar Gosh

Mkhitar Gosh (Մխիթար Գոշ; 1130 – 1213) was an Armenian scholar and priest. He wrote a code of laws including civil and Canon law that was used in both Greater Armenia and Cilicia. It was also used in Poland, by order of king Sigismund the Old, as the law under which the Armenians of Lviv and Kamianets-Podilskyi lived from 1519 until the region fell under Austrian rule in 1772. He also wrote a number of popular fables. He founded the monastery of Nor-Getik which since his death has become known better as Goshavank.

The works of Mkhitar Gosh were later adapted into a Datastanagirk' codex in Middle Armenian, which was prepared by Sempad the Constable, an Armenian noble, military commander, and judge in the 13th century.

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  • English translations of Gosh's Fables and his Colophon are available at: http://rbedrosian.com/hsrces.html
  • Grave of Mkhitar Gosh

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