Amirdovlat of Amasia
Amirdovlat Amasiatsi (Armenian: Ամիրդովլաթ Ամասիացի; c. 1420-1496), also called Amirdovlat of Amasia, was a 15th-century Armenian physician and writer. He wrote several works on medicine and science, some aimed at professional audiences and some at ordinary people. All his works were written in Middle Armenian, making them accessible to ordinary readers and not just to scholars.
|Died||December 8, 1496|
Amasia or Bursa
|Occupation||Physician and Writer|
In Amirdovlat's biography, Vardanyan  gives the following chronology of his life:
Between 1420-30: born in Amasia
End of 1450s: Moved to Constantinople by sea. Further studies of medicinal arts, natural sciences and philosophy.
1460s: Selected as a chief physician to Mehmed II, and received an honorary title of chief physician-ophthalmologist. Afterwards he had ten years of exile and wanderings around Balkan countries.
1470s: Returned to Constantinople, regained his position of a chief physician to Mehmed II, enjoying his confidence until the ruler's death in 1481.
1480s: Returned to his motherland upon the invitation of the son of Mehmed II, Ahmed, who became a ruler of Amasia.
1490: Journeyed to the city of Bursa for treatment with mineral waters.
Vardanyan also lists his major works:
1459: The Lore of Medicine and the first Akhrabadin (an extensive work on pharmacology), manuscript 8871 in the Matenadaran in Yerevan, Armenia
1466—1469: His major work on clinical medicine, The Benefits of Medicine, written in the city of Phillipopolis, now Plovdiv, in Bulgaria.
1474: Folk Medicine, with elements of magic medicine and astrology.
1481: The second Akhrabadin.
1478-1492: Useless for Ignoramuses, his major compendium of over 3000 plants and plant names, with their medical uses.
- "Amirdovlat Amasiatsi". The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the sixth to the eighteenth century. Wayne State University Press. 2002. pp. 702–704. ISBN 978-0-8143-2815-6. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Encyclopædia Iranica online: "AMIRDOVLATʿ AMASIATSʿI". 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.