Home is where the market is - trade and print culture in the Armenian Diaspora

2 December 2015 1.00pm 1.30pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Robin Meyer, Faculty of Classics


Armenians adopted printing soon after the invention of the printing press, with the first books produced in 1512-13 in Venice. Since there was not a sovereign Armenian nation in the sixteenth century, the development of Armenian printing went hand in hand with that of its most flourishing trade outposts, first in Europe, then in the Middle East, and finally even in India.

This brief introduction by the curator of the Armenia exhibition will explore some of the magnificent - and curious - pieces of early Armenian printing throughout the world, how the founding of printing presses was tied to the expanding Armenian trade network, and what role the Russian Tsar, the Persian Shah, and the Pope played in its development. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

This event is listed under: Lectures and talks; Free events
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