Between Islam and Byzantium: Aght'amar and the Visual Construction of Medieval Armenian Rulership
The first comprehensive analysis of the development of the visual expression of medieval Armenian rulership during the years 884-1045 CE. During this period, the Armenian rulers had loosened the ties that subjected them to the Arab caliphate, but by its end the Byzantine empire had instead become dominant in the region.
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