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Sasanian Reflections in Armenian Sources

The deep impression of Iran upon all aspects of early mediaeval Armenia has long been recognized.
Although linguists may have taken the lead in tracing this influence, scholars in all disciplines,
particularly historians and theologians, have unearthed multiple parallels and connections between the
two cultures. The penetrating studies by Garsoïan and Russell over the past four decades have proved
to be particularly influential, to the extent that no scholar today would seriously contemplate studying
early mediaeval Armenia without acknowledging its Iranian heritage.1 Indeed such is the degree of
unanimity over the level of Iranian influence upon all aspects of Armenian society and culture that the
contention has begun to operate in the opposite direction. Armenian sources have been exploited to
shed light upon Iranian, and specifically Sasanian, history.