For those studying ancient languages (like myself), resources can seem pretty scarce, so I found this awesome website that goes through the basics such as alphabets, pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure, forms of the language (such as nouns, adjectives, pronouns etc.) and lessons with writers in the ancient language (like Ceasar, Tacitus, Livy, Virgil, Homer, Hesiod, Plato and so on) so your totally immersed.

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‘Azeri grandma with Armenian soldier’ a photo featured in the French newspaper “Libération’ of Sheikha Khanum, age 81 hugging Sargis Hatspanyan in Karvachar, April 1993.

Sargis himself has talked about the photo in an interview:

'There was an 81-year-old woman – Sheikha Khanum who was respected by everybody. She was a poet. I liked talking to her. She used to say: “This war is not the war of our two people, we like Armenians, we all know that this is the country of Armenians, there are Armenian graves everywhere, cross-stones, everywhere there are marks of Armenian culture”. And during this talk Zaven Khachikyan unnoticeably took our photo.' 

He also addressed discovering that the Turkish newspaper 'Milliyet’ had used the picture in their own article, captioning it 'Azeri woman with her grandson, presenting him as an Azeri soldier: 

'In Paris one of my friends sees this newspaper, accidentally he reads also the article in the «Liberation», takes both newspapers and sends to the European Union as a striking example of Turkish falsity and slander.’

Papier d’Arménie, or Armenian Paper, is a room deodorizer made of sheets of paper, which are coated with the dried sap of styrax trees. At the end of the 19th century, Auguste Ponsot discovered that Armenian households would burn Styrax as a fragrance and disinfectant. M. Ponsot adopted this habit with the help of the pharmacist Henri Rivier, whereby benzoin resin was dissolved in alcohol, then infused onto a blotting paper support. The “alchemy” inherent in Papier d’Arménie became a huge success with the emerging importance of hygiene from 1888–1889, and has been steadily produced in Montrouge, France since 1885.

Terzan 7

While Terzan 7 may sound like a planet from a Star Trek episode, it is actually a globular cluster that lies some 75,000 light-years away from us, on the other side of the Milky Way. It was named after its discoverer, French-Armenian astronomer Agop Terzan, who spotted it in 1968. Like other globular clusters, Terzan 7 orbits in the galactic halo around the Milky Way. It also contains a rich population of blue stragglers, another feature common to many globular clusters.

But Terzan 7 also has some fairly unique features for a globular cluster. Most of the Milky Way’s globular clusters are between 11 and 13 billion years old, containing some of the oldest stars in our galactic neighborhood. But Terzan 7 is estimated to be a relatively youthful 8 billion years old. And while most globular clusters tend to have two clearly differentiated generations of stars, the stars in Terzan 7 were all formed at the same time. Those 8 billion year old stars are also relatively metal-rich.

Why is this globular different than most? It could be that when it was formed, Terzan 7 only had enough material to form one generation of stars. Another possibility is that since it is relatively young, this globular cluster has not yet had the time to form a second generation of stars. Some evidence suggests that the most likely explanation for its unique nature is that Terzan 7 was formed in another galaxy, the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy, which is currently colliding with the Milky Way. If so, our own galaxy stripped this cluster away from the Sagittarius Dwarf before the Milky Way began to absorb the rest of the galaxy.


Image credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Sarajedini (University of Florida)
Acknowledgement: Gilles Chapdelaine

Sources: 1, 2

French Senate Adopts Bill Criminalizing Armenian Genocide Denial

(Combined Sources) - On October 14, the Upper House (Senate) of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial, passing with 156 Members of Parliament in favor of the bill and 146 against.

“This is a really serious achievement, we have carried out huge works. Let’s remember that Turks have carried out a serious lobby, but the Senate voted in favor of the option of the bill that has been discussed in the National Assembly in the summer. It means that the French Parliament completely adopted the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial,” Co-Chairman of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France Murad Papazaian said, reported Armenpress

“We welcome the adoption by the French Senate of a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, which had been approved by the National Assembly in summer,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement. “With this step France once again reiterates its valuable role in the condemnation of genocides committed in the past, the fight against denial and the prevention of new crimes against humanity,” Minister Nalbandian said.

In July, the French National Assembly unanimously voted in favor of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide. The bill on “criminalizing the denial of genocides and crimes against humanity” was published on June 29 and envisages imprisonment of one year or a fine of 45,000 euros for the denial of the Armenian Genocide. 

On January 29, 2001, the French President, National Assembly, and Senate proclaimed that France publicly recognizes the Armenian Genocide of 1915


Nina Katchadourian
Accent Elimination, 2005
Six televisions, three pedestals, six-channel video (three synchronized programs and three loops), headphones and benches
13 m, 26 s
Included in the 56th Venice Biennale as part of an exhibition of work by contemporary artists from the Armenian Diaspora.

In Accent Elimination, Katchadourian was motivated by the numerous adverts in New York for courses in ‘accent elimination’. Both her parents have very distinct accents, her father being a Lebanese born, French educated, Armenian man, and her mother a Finnish woman who speaks many languages. For this piece, Katchadourian worked closely with a professional speech improvement coach to ‘neutralise’ her parents’ accents and have them then teach each of them to her, on video. The recordings were then played on six televisions. In an interview, Katchadourian stated that the art work demonstrates “the tricky manoeuvring between the desire to preserve the distinctive marks of one’s culture, on one hand, and to decrease them in order to seem less foreign, on the other.”


French newspapers and illustrations reporting on the several massacres targeted towards Armenians in Baku, People’s Republic of Azerbaijan 1905 - 1918

On 15th of september some 30 thousand Armenians were brutally butchered in an event that came to be known as The September Days,  Enver Pasha‘s Army of Islam and their local Azeri allies when they captured Baku, the soon-to-be capital of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic

Similar atrocities were going on in Shushi and other towns across Azerbaijan. 

after ages i finally upload a super messy about with answers to most asked questions. ✧ 

q: what’s your name? how is it pronounced?

a: my name is an, which is not pronounced as anne but as aan, yet people do it anyway. my actual name is too difficult to pronounce so let’s stick with an. (it’s also a short version of dANte, which I used to go by for a long time)

q: what languages do you speak?

a: i’ve been raised bilingual, my three mother tongues are english, german and russian. I can understand armenian and french and speak fluent ukrainian. 

q: what’s your race? are you mixed?
a: im mixed ukrainian/armenian and jewish. people used to make fun of my nose and my olive shade of skin.

i’ve always felt insecure about not being poc or white passing enough. but honestly, i want all of you mixed kids to know that you’re enough and you are completely valid and still representating your culture. you’re strong. ✧ 

q: when is your birthday?
a: 06.12!

q: what’s your gender identity?

a: i’m nonbinary, which means that i don’t feel like fitting the gender spectrum. 
i go by they/them.

q: what is your sexual orientation?

a: i’m pansexual and aro/demiromantic, i have difficulties forming a deep emotional or romantic bond with people due to past abuse.

q: what’s your favourite movies?

a: my favourite movies are coraline, requiem for a dream, suicide room, spirited away and howl’s moving castle.  

q: do you play any instruments?

a: i’ve been playing piano since 12 years, and throughoutly enjoy pieces by claude debussy and frédéric chopin. 

q: how tall are you?
a: i’m 6'1, 182 cm. ultimate otome boyf height.

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It’s National Boston Cream Pie Day!

National Boston Cream Pie Day is observed annually on October 23rd. Pie lovers move along, cake lovers, pull up a chair and let’s celebrate the cake with an identity crisis! Boston Cream Pie is a chocolate frosted, custard filled cake that is loved by millions.

In 1856 at Boston’s Parker House Hotel, Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian created this pudding and cake combination which comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla flavored custard or creme patisserie. The cake is then topped with a chocolate glaze, such as a ganache or sometimes powdered sugar and a cherry.

In 1996, Massachusetts declared the Boston Cream Pie as their official dessert.

Celebrate National Boston Cream Pie Day eating some Boston Cream Pie with family, with some friends, with a special someone or alone, take pictures and share them on social media using #NationalBostonCreamPieDay