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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

"Armenian historiography contains considerable information about ancient and medieval Armenian military ideology. In the works of fifth century historians Pavstos Buzand and Movses Khorenatzi, the commands and legacy of the Armenian sparapets (commanders in chief) to their successors articulate in detail the obligations and responsibilities of Armenian warriors. Their norms of conduct share striking similarities with the system of values of the Japanese samurai codified during the 16th to 18th centuries, as well as with later medieval West European chivalry of the eight to 14th centuries.

"Fight and offer your life for the Armenian World just as your brave forefathers did, consciously sacrificing their lives for this Homeland…"

According to Pavstos Buzand, this was the message of Sparapet Manuel Mamikonian (d. 384) to his son Artashir at the time of passing on "his rule and command of the Army" to him. This ideological commandment has continued to be part and parcel of the professional value system of the Armenian armed forces. During his lifelong military service, Sparapet Manuel himself was led by this commandment. While he was lying in bed in an incurable physical state surrounded by the king, queen, noble men and women, Manuel undressed himself and showed those in presence the numerous wounds that he had sustained during the battles waged for the independence of Armenia…"
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