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 I holovel žamanakii
(1,334 words)

Ołb vasn aṙman Erusałēmi

‘As time revolves’, 'Lament on the capture of Jerusalem’

Nersēs Mokac‘i

Date: Before 1622

Original Language: Armenian


I holovel žamanakii (‘As time revolves’) is a lament in verse on the fall of Jerusalem to Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn in 1187 and the precipitation of the Third Crusade (1189-92). It comprises 396 octasyllabic lines grouped in four-line stanzas, divided into two sections. The first has a rhyme in -in (lines 1-336), rehearsing the historical subject matte…

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Cowe, Peter, “ I holovel žamanakii”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>

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