Arman S. Yeghiazaryan
“Ashkharhatsouys” the monument of the Middle Ages Armenian historical geography preserves a detailed describtion of the north-western region Taik’ of the Greater Armenia. Taik’ included eight gavars or districts, which locations could be defined by the informations of “Ashkharhatsouyts”.
In “Ashkharhatsouyts” the gavars of Taik’ are described by two groups. The frist, which is mentioned from East to West and South, includes gavars Kogh, Berdats por and Partizats por. The second group is described beginning from the eastern part of Taik up to the western gavar Arseats por. It included gavars Djakatk, Boghkha, Vokaghe and Azordats por. The eight gavar or Taik’ Arseats por is presented by its geographical location to above mentioned gavars.
Up to the V century Taik’ included only the seven gavars of “Ashkharhatsouyts”s Taik besides Arseats por. As for Arseats por, up to 387 it was the part of the strategy (prefecture) Arsik’ or Arsesa of the Greater Armenia. In 387, when the Armenian Kingdom was devided, the south-western part of Arsesa – the gavar Sper was included to the Western Armenian Kiingdom, while Arseats por was included to the Eastern Armenian Kingdom. In the V century Arseats por was united to Taik’ and was owned by the Mamikonyans. Thus was formed the Taik’ region describing by “Ashkharhatsouyts”.