Post by wjhonson
Not groundless Paulo.
The Conversion of Armenia to the Christian Faith
By William St. Clair Tisdall
No one should give the slightest credence to "legends", "fables", and "traditions"
Not an unreasonable statement, but you appear to be ignorant of the fact that the "history" of the Armenian kings given by Tisdall is based mainly on the Armenian legends, fables, and traditions in Moses of Chorene's Armenian "history" (of controversial date, but certainly no earlier than the late fifth century). So, you have been arguing vehemently against your own position, apparently without even realizing it. And you have the nerve to use the word "stupid" to describe those to whom you respond? It is all too apparent that you are basically ignorant of the main primary sources for the history of the early Armenian kingdom and kings, or you wouldn't have made this ridiculous blunder.
Twenty or so years ago, there were numerous detailed discussions in this newsgroup about DFA's, concentrating mainly on the supposed routes through the Armenian or Iberian (Georgian) kings. Not surprisingly, these discussions sometimes became very contentious, but most of the longest arguments were between participants who, like myself, had bothered to become acquainted with the underlying primary evidence for the period. Even when the disagreements were extreme (which was often), there was at least the satisfaction of knowing that some of the more active participants were basing their opinions on much of the same underlying data. The present thread is a sad ghost of this, with too many vehement opinions being expressed by people who haven't bothered to become basically knowledgeable in the subject. (This comment applies not just to DFA's, but some other topics as well.) For those who would like a good account of this difficult period in Armenian history, I recommend the following work:
Marie-Louise Chaumont, "L'Arménie entre Rome et l'Iran," in "Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt" II, 9, 1 (Berlin, 1976): 71-194.
The obvious disadvantage of this work is that you need to know French to read it, but in my opinion, it is better than anything I have seen in English on the subject. I should also warn the reader that this work will be too honest for the taste of many, leaving too many questions unanswered for those who don't like the word "unknown" and want THE answer for everything.