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Article title

Simeon Polský a jeho Putování: postavení arménských křesťanů v Polsku a v Osmanské říši

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Simeon of Poland and his Journey: the Position of Armenian Christians in Poland and in the Ottoman Empire

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The travel accounts of Simeon of Poland, an Armenian deacon from Lviv, represent one of the most important works of modern Armenian literature. The work does not just record his journey to the Ottoman Empire in the years 1608–1618, but also frequently very detailed and lively description of the life there, during which the author primarily focuses on the everyday life of the Christian minorities. This travel journal is even supplemented at the end with several period colophons that illustrate the situation in Lviv and its close surroundings in the period between the 1620s and 1630s. The article is derived from textual analysis of the primary source, which was written in one of the forms of medieval Armenian. The events included in it are compared with other primary sources from the same period that originated in the region of Central and Eastern Anatolia (particularly from Armenian chroniclers of the so-called Bitlis School). There is particular emphasis placed on analysis of the conditions affecting the members of the Armenian apostolic community in that period as well as descriptions of their everyday lives and relations with their neighbors.


  • Provozně ekonomická fakulta, Česká zemědělská univerzita, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6–Suchdol, Czech Republic


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