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The conference on “The Culture of Cilician Armenia”, continued its activities in the Antelias headquarters of the Catholicosate of Cilicia on 15 January 2008.
The first two sessions of the second day examined Cilician ethnography. The early morning session (9:00-10:30 AM) included presentations by Vazken Hampartsoumian on the achievements in the studies on the Cilician dialect and current challenges, Virginia Sevazelian on the reflection of the freedom struggle in Cilician folklore, and Hagop Tcholakian on the ethnography of Lavodige, its surrounding Armenian villages and the town of Beylan. Vahe Tashdjian chaired this session.
The late morning sessions (11:00 AM-12:30 PM) was dedicated to the same theme and chaired by Lilit Zakarian. It featured presentations by Vahram Tatigian on the carpets and rugs of Cilician Armenia and Jasmin Dum Tragout on knighthood in Cilician Armenia.
Chaired by Kevork Der-Vartanian, the first session of the afternoon looked at literature. Talks were given by Hratchya Tamrazian (The Cilician school of poetry and Saint Gregory Naregatsi), Krikor Beledian (And incident and literature: on the occasion of the Cilician tragedy) and Father Vahan Ohanian (Hayr Ghevont Alishan and “Sisuan”).
The last two sessions of the day tackled issues related to the economy during the Cilician period. Jean Claude Voisin chaired the first session, which featured talks by Raymond Kevorkian on “The socio-economic changes in Cilicia in the beginning of the 20th century” and Nicolas Koureyas on “Trade relations between Cilicia and Cyprus (1270-1310)”.
Peter Cowi chaired the last session of the day during which Levon Sarian
presented his paper on “The unique silver coin of Cilician Armenia’s Constantine I (1298-1299)”.
The discussions that ensued were as enriching and interesting as the presentations themselves. The stimulating exchange of viewpoints led to an interesting array of scientific opinions and assessments on the issues discussed. The conveners of the sessions steered the discussions with utmost capability and a profound scientific understanding, planting the seeds of new achievements in the fields of Armenology and philosophy. At the end of each session His Holiness Aram shared his own observations and assessment.
In the evening an official dinner party presided by the Pontiff was organized in honor of the attendants in the hall of the “Yeghishe Manoukian” college.
Note: The Conference commenced on 14 January 2008 and will last until 18 January 2008.