Abegian, Manuk Khachaturovich
Born Mar. 17 (29), 1865; died Sept. 25, 1944. Armenian Soviet specialist in literature, linguist, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR (1943).
Abegian is the author of Armianskie narodnye mify v ‘Istorii Armenii” Movsesa Khorenatsi (1899), of the monumental Istoriia drevnearmianskoi literatury (vols. 1–2, 1944–46; Russian translation 1948), and of other works. He edited the publication of a collection of variants of the epic poem David Sasunskii (vol. 1, 1936; vol. 2, 1951). Abegian also completed the research works Gusanskie narodnye pesni, aireny i antuny, Narodnye pesenki (1940), and others. Abegian’s linguistic works are partially included in the book Teoriia armianskogo iazyka (1931). He upheld a realistic trend even in his critical articles of the 1890’s. The Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR has been named for him.
WORKSAbegyan, M. Erker (8 vols.), vols. 1–3. Yerevan, 1966–68.
In Russian translation:
Istoriia drevnearmianskoi literatury, vol. 1. Yerevan, 1948.