SAINT-MARTIN THE FOUNDER OF FRENCH ARMENOLOGY
Armenian State Pedagogical University
after Khachatur Abovyan
Jean Antoine Saint-Martin (1791-1832) is the founder of Armenian studies in France. His capital work Mémoire historique et géographique sur l’Arménie is a study in two volumes which were published in Paris in 1818 and 1819. With this work Saint- Martin contributed to the development of Armenian studies in Europe. Armenological heritage of Saint-Martin confirmed the necessity of Armenian studies in France. His example was followed by French and Belgian prominent Armenologists of the 19th century, such as Marie Brosset, Victor Langlois, Félix Nève and Edouard Dulaurier who loved Armenia and its creative people, representing one of the most ancient civilizations all over the world.
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