Armenian sources online at Robert Bedrosian

Robert Bedrosian writes to say that he has created a new collection of Armenian patristic materials on his website here.  In this he is rather too modest.  It is a cornucopia of PDF’s of Armenian materials.

Anyone who has ever tried to locate an Armenian edition of an ancient text will know that it is a lesson in pain.  Those of us who are not Armenian-speakers find it impossible to construct useful searches in Google Books.

The page begins with catalogues of Armenian manuscript holdings; in Munich, Paris, Oxford and others.  Much material in this language is unpublished, so these are valuable insights into available materials, all by themselves.

Then we pass to editions of Philo, and then patristic and liturgical texts.  These include many of the publications of the Mechitarist Fathers of Venice, all valuable, often referenced in bibliographies, and dreadfully hard to find online.  I noted two editions of Severian of Gabala, also sermons of John Chrysostom, and material by Timothy Aelurus, Eznik of Kolb, and so on.

After this we pass into editions of the bible in classical Armenian (or Grabar).  Finally there are some very useful reference volumes.

I don’t know of anyone but Robert Bedrosian who could have made such a collection.  But in so doing he has made accessible a world of useful material!

39 Responses to “Armenian sources online at Robert Bedrosian”

  1. Tom

    Marvelous! Thank you Robert, and thank you Roger for letting us all know about this.

  2. Roger Pearse

    I’m browsing the catalogue of Armenian mss at the Bodleian at the moment and finding odd items of interest of one sort or another!

  3. adamcmccollum

    Indeed, a very useful resource! See also here:

  4. Roger Pearse

    Excellent – thank you!

  5. Paul Edson

    I’m very keen to find an online English translation of Michael the Syrian’s ‘Chronicle’, but can’t seem to access Robert Bedrosian’s site or indeed contact him. Thanks in advance for any tips.

  6. Roger Pearse

    Robert Bedrosian’s site is

  7. Arshak

    What happened to Robert Bedrosian’s website? Whenever I try opening it denies access (error 403).

  8. Roger Pearse

    It seems ok now?

  9. Arshak

    No, I still cannot access it for some reason.

  10. Roger Pearse

    Still there. 🙂

  11. Arshak

    Roger, do you know how to contact Robert Bedrosian? Because all I’m getting is “Error 403 – Forbidden. You don’t have permission to access the requested resource. Please contact the web site owner for further assistance.”

  12. Ismaıl

    I have the same problem with Arshak.
    I cannot reach the Rbedrosian website as it gives the same error as above.

  13. heiko conrad

    Still Error 403 – Forbidden… What has happened with RB.s site? Arshak, Ismail, did you already find access to the website? Regards, Heiko

  14. Arshak

    Ismaıl and Heiko, I think I may have had some limited success. You can contact me at for more detail.

  15. Marta

    Same problem as Ismail and Arshak! Still Error 403 – Forbidden…
    Did someone succeed?

  16. Roger Pearse

    I find the same – that access is denied. I have just had an email from Dr Bedrosian telling me that the site is under attack 24 hours a day. I might see if I can host a mirror of his site then.

  17. Gabriel Malki

    HI Roger,
    have you been able to set up the mirror.
    I’m keen to view the online sources that Dr Bedrosian has, especially on syriac literature.

  18. Roger Pearse

    I’m afraid that I have been unable to do so. The Bedrosian site is vast, far larger than the space that I have available, and there is no easy subset that I could grab. I did get this, but it probably won’t have what you want:

  19. Gabriel Malki

    Thanks Roger,
    your link works but all other links on the page pointing to return the same error.

  20. Andrew Smith

    Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve had the same error message myself, and thought it was just me until I found this discussion via Google.
    I intend to mirror the part of most interest to me, “Armenian Historical Sources”, at
    But I see what Roger means about the size – I’ve only done part and there are already over a thousand files! I’ll do some tomorrow if I have time.

  21. Roger Pearse

    I’m told that the whole site is many gigabytes. I did run a mirror programme, but had to give up.

  22. Andrew Smith

    Bearing in mind the warning about the size, I’ve stuck to the historical sources – a mere 183 Mb. The patristic material unfortunately looks more complicated. It’s sad that this should happen to such an excellent site.

  23. Roger Pearse

    I agree entirely. Well done to get the historical sources. Do you have a URL?

  24. Andrew Smith should get you there. Let me know if there are any problems with links.

  25. Roger Pearse

    Looks good – thank you.

  26. Nathan Websdale

    Could I perhaps ask for you to host the Peter Charanis artile “Armenians in the Byzantine Empire”? Thank you for any help.

  27. Nathan Websdale

    Could I perhaps ask for you to host the Peter Charanis article “Armenians in the Byzantine Empire”? Thank you for any help.

  28. Andrew Smith

    Fortunately that is straightforward so I have added it.
    It’s at:

  29. Roger Pearse

    Thank you Andrew!

  30. Donna


    I am trying to access Robert’s pdfs and website but it says ‘error occurred’ this seems to be a new error message, does anyone have any information on this?

    Thank you! Its for my Phd work!

  31. Federico

    Dear colleagues,

    I faced the same connection issues as you did, and I would like to thank Andrew for mirroring the historical sources, that was a major help.
    Unfortunately, at the moment I desperately need the first part of Khachikyan’s volume on XV century armenian colophons. It’s split in three parts and it should be around 100 mb altogether, so I’m not sure that something can be done about it, but any help would be really appreciated.
    In turn, I wonder if there is anything I can do to help as an armenologist. Bedrosian’s site is invaluable for the discipline, and it is sad to know that it is under attack 24 hours a day. Would it be possible to collect a small group of researcher who share the burden of mirroring the various sections?

  32. Andrew Smith

    Unfortunately Khachikyan has defeated me – the historical sources were reasonably easy to copy because they had been zipped, but not these PDFs. Maybe someone else has the skills to extract the files.

  33. Federico

    That’s ok, thank you very much for trying, Andrew, I knew it was a long shoot…

  34. Leon

    Does anybody have diakonoff pdfs; the hittite and hurrian social structure and ethnic divisions of the hurrians? I need for my dissertation

  35. Andrew Smith

    You can try

    For the time being, I’ve copied the files over as is, so some of the links will work and some won’t.
    I won’t have much spare time over the next week, but after that I’ll tidy up a bit.

  36. Arshak

    Anyone wishing to obtain .pdf files from Robert Bedrosian’s website can contact me at I have quite a few of them downloaded.

  37. Seda

    Federico, if you haven’t yet found the book you need, download it from here:

    All the volumes of Armenian medieval colophons can be downloaded from the following page of the website of the Fundamental Scientific Library of NAS RA:

    This library has a rich collection of on-line Armenian resources, mainly digitized books starting from the first printed Armenian book (1512) —

  38. Seda

    Good news!
    Robert Bedrosian has been uploading his large collection of books on during all these months. Even yesterday (Sept. 17) he uploaded some books.

  39. Roger Pearse

    That is very good news – thank you!