PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY OF HRANT MATEVOSYAN – 2016-2

Summary

Vazgen H. Safaryan

Keywords – time-space, the ratio of strength and weakness, nation-state and imperialism, local and universal civilizations, cultural unity and continuity.

With the perception of history as a chronological unity, Hrant Matevosyan views the artistic completeness of the human image in the general dynamics of national characteristics and its development. In this context some personal features such as strength and vulnerability are being exposed, which relates to the nature of the civilizations, its political-military and cultural essence and in the context of the complexity of assertion of Armenian identity. The historical philosophy acquires artistic qualities in the depictions of the wanderings of blind King Trdat, the mythology of continuous extermination of the enemy by Gayl Vahan, the symbol of political-military failures and the equivocality of cultural eternity which is observed in the characteristics of Bagratuni tiger and the city of Ani, as well as in the strivings of stableman Mesrop for understanding the history. In this respect the history obtains educational role despite the subjectivity of the fact-text qualitative transition, where the issue of statehood and national ideology as well as the connections with empire civilization and primary cultural place of Armenians acquire significant role. In his ethnological pursuits and the movement from the past to the future Hrant Matevosyan, like his predecessors, observes the obscurity always striving to discover the historical– cultural foundation of national existence.

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