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Mushegh I Mamikonian

Mushegh I Mamikonian (d. 374-378) was the sparapet of Armenia under King Papas (Pap) and then, after Papas was killed, was the regent for his nephew Varasdates (Varazdat).

While in the service of Papas, Mushegh was a key figure in defeating the invading Persian forces. However, since he did not slay the Persian shah when offered the opportunity, he was suspected of being disloyal by the Armenian royal house.[1]

After his death his family and relatives put his body on a high tower, believing that the spirits would descend and bring him back to life.[2] His brother was Manuel Mamikonian.


  1. ^ Yarshater, Ehsan. The Cambridge history of Iran: The Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian periods. p. 530.
  2. ^ Boyajian, Zabelle. Armenian Legends and Poems. p. 170.