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Stepanos Asoghik

The Universal History of Stepanos Taronetsi, 13th century manuscript

Stepanos Asoghik (Armenian: Ստեփանոս Ասողիկ), also known as Stepanos Taronetsi (Armenian: Ստեփանոս Տարոնեցի), was an Armenian historian of the 11th century.[1] His dates are unknown but he came from Taron and earned the nickname Asoghik ("teller of stories").[2] He wrote a Universal History in three books. The first two books summarise the history of the world - with particular reference to Armenia - using the Bible, Eusebius of Caesarea, Moses of Khoren and others as sources. The third book deals with the history of the century leading up to Asoghik's own time in a rather disconnected fashion.


  • Vseobshchaya Istoriya Stepanosa Taronskago, Asokh'ika po prozvaniyu, pisatelya XI stoletiya Всеобщая исторія Степаноса Таронскаго, Асох'ика по прозванію, писателя XI столѣтія (in Russian). Translation and commentary by N. Emin. Moscow: Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages. 1864.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Histoire universelle par Etienne açoghʾig du Daron (in French). Translation and commentary by E. Dulaurier (part 1) and Frédéric Macler (part 2). Paris: E. Leroux. 1883–1917.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link) (Part 1, part 2.)
  • Des Stephanos von Taron Armenische Geschichte. Translation by Heinrich Gelzer and August Burckhardt. Leipzig: B. G. Teubner. 1907.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  • The Universal History of Step'anos Tarōnec'i. Introduction, translation and commentary by Tim Greenwood. Oxford University Press. 2017. ISBN 9780198792512.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)


  1. ^ Krikor, Balakian (2019). The Ruins of Ani: A Journey to Armenia's Medieval Capital and Its Legacy. Rutgers University Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-9788-0291-9.
  2. ^ Hovannisian, Richard G. (2009). Armenian Pontus: The Trebizond-Black Sea Communities. Mazda Publishers. pp. 114–115. ISBN 978-1-56859-155-1.
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