Armenia and the Byzantine Empire by Sirarpie Der Nersessian

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Pope Gregory XIII remembered this long afterwards. " N o nation," he wrote, "came more spontaneously to the assistance of the Crusaders than the Armenians. 15 18:17 Historical Survey 13 The Byzantine emperors could not tolerate the creation of an independent state on their territories and they tried to reestablish their authority in Cilicia. They were successful at first, and between the years 1137 and 1145 Byzantine garrisons occupied all the strategic points. But the young son of the Baron Leo, Toros, escaped from Constantinople, where he was held captive; assisted by the other nobles, he drove out the Byzantine armies and recovered all the lands held by his father.

Gregory the Illuminator by Leontius, archbishop of Caesarea, was due to fortuitous circumstances, to the personal devotion of St. Gregory to Leontius and the fact that he had been educated in Caesarea. They claim that the Byzantine system of jurisdiction and mutual dependency of patriarchs and metropolitans, which was copied from the civil administration of prefects and proconsuls and consulars, could not apply to Armenia since the major part of this country was not under Byzantine rule. They further assert that the passages from St.

Turbulent, unruly subjects, upon whose faithfulness the emperor could not always count, they were, however, excellent fighters and they became the chief defenders of the eastern frontier, constantly menaced by the Arabs. The name of one of these frontier barons is particularly well known; he is called Melias by Constantine Porphyrogenetus, Mleh in Armenian, and he is probably the same man as the Melik-al-Armeni of the Arab historians. After leaving Armenia, Melias had received from Leo VI a tract of land in the region of the Euphrates, and he had enlarged his domain by his own efforts.

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