The best view of Mount Ararat can be found from the Khor Virap monastery, which is one of the most important historic sites in Armenia's history, as it was here that Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 14 years before he cured King Trdat
III of his disease.
In it, he says as an eyewitness that after the Armenian King Trdat III was baptized (c.
These historians try to liken the conversion of Trdat III to that of Constantine's, even though the baptism of Constantine is questionable, as was his own personal "conversion.
According to legend, the Armenian Gregorian or Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century, when King Trdat III declared it the official state religion, under the guidance of St.
18) The scribe insists that it is only because of the Church that traditions, inherently Christian and Armenian, have survived from the time of Gregory the Illuminator and King Trdat III.
Gregory is credited with converting King Trdat
of Armenia to Christianity in 301 A.
Led by King Trdat
III, the Armenians became the first people to embrace Christianity as their national faith.
19) Although Gregory the Illuminator is celebrated as the apostle of Armenia, also central to Agathangelos's narrative is the role of the virgin Rhipsime, taken captive by the Armenian king Trdat III (Tiridates IV) after fleeing Emperor Diocletian and martyred together with her abbess and the entire convent of nuns who had accompanied her in her flight.
For example, the transformation of King Trdat into a wild animal closely follows the biblical account of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:21-22), but Trdat is transformed into a pig (varaz) rather than a bull or an ox.
His History of the Armenians focuses on the missionary role of Gregory the Illuminator, a Christian in the service of the pagan king Trdat (Tiridates) III.
28) As she prayed, King Trdat entered the chamber and "seized her in order to work his lustful desires.
And from every place within the borders of Armenia and from the lands and provinces of his realm king Trdat
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