Matenadaran MS 7117

The Matenadaran MS 7117 is a manuscript from Matenadaran which contains apologetic texts as well as codex of different alphabets such as Armenian, Greek, Latin, Syriac, Georgian, Coptic and Caucasian Albanian alphabet manual of the 15th century.[1] It is also noted for including most ancient Kurdish language document transcribed in Armenian letters.[2]

Matenadaran MS 7117
Matenadaran,  Armenia
Place of originVan,  Turkey
PatronThomas of Metsoph
Previously keptMetsopavank, St. Astvatsatsin Monastery, Van
Discovered28 September 1937 by Ilia Abuladze


It was written around 1442 in monastery of Metsopavank, northwest of the city of Arjesh (modern Erciş, Turkey). It was written after a model brought from Crimea by the Armenian catholicos Kirakos of Virap (1441-1443) at the request of Thomas of Metsoph.[3]

Discovery of Albanian scriptEdit

The Albanian script inside the manuscript was discovered by Georgian researcher Ilia Abuladze on 28 September 1937 while working on 15th century manuscripts.[4] Another Georgian linguist, Akaki Shanidze made further research and came to a conclusion that the script closely resembles the phonology of Udi language.[5] Another copy of this list appeared in 1956 and details were published by H. Kurdian.[6]


  1. ^ Macler, F.; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (1964). Revue des études arméniennes. Imprimerie nationale, P. Geuthner. p. 428. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ The Caucasian Albanian palimpsests of Mt. Sinai. Gippert, Jost. Turnhout: Brepols. 2008–2010. pp. xix. ISBN 978-2-503-53116-8. OCLC 319126785.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Matevosyan, Artashes (1997). Մեծոփավանքի գրչության կենտրոնը [The scriptorium of Mecop‘avank in 12-15th centuries] (PDF). Echmiadzin. p. 111.
  4. ^ "Armazi Project: Georgian Academy of Sciences (Kekelidze Institute of Manuscripts): Zaza Aleksidze, Breakthrough (English version)". Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  5. ^ Шанидзе, Акаки; Абуладзе, И (1938). Новооткрытый алфавит кавказских Албанцев и его значение для науки [The Newly Discovered Alphabet of the Caucasian Albanians and Its Significance for Science] (in Russian). Тбилиси: Издательство грузинского филиала Академии Наук СССР. OCLC 921408972.
  6. ^ Kurdian, H. (1956). "The Newly Discovered Alphabet of the Caucasian Albanians". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. 88 (1–2): 81–83. doi:10.1017/S0035869X00114492. ISSN 1474-0591.

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