Professor Theo Maarten van Lint

Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies
01865 278235

Teaching activities

During Hilary and Trinity Terms 2018 I am on sabbatical leave.

Not all courses indicated below are currently taught, others are available upon consultation:

  • Classical Armenian
  • Middle Armenian
  • Modern Eastern Armenian
  • Modern Western Armenian
  • History of Armenian Literature
  • Armenian Poetry
  • MSt and MPhil set texts
  • Armenian Codicology and Palaeography
  • Convenor: Armenian Studies Seminar
  • Co-convenor, with Dr Hratch Tchilingirian: Eastern Christianity Seminar

Detailed Biography

Interview with Yerkir TV, Armenia (Dec 2017, broadcast 19 January 2018):

XIVth General Conference, Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes (AIEA), Humanties Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and Pembroke College, University of Oxford 10-12 August 2017


College & university roles and committees

College Function

  • Steward of the Senior Common Room
  • Silver Fellow

Member of:

  • Governing Body

Research interests

  • The Letters of Grigor Magistros Pahlavuni (985-1058): translation and commentary.

Grigor Magistros Pahlavuni (985-1059) was an erudite layman, whose epistolary is a mine of information on theology, literature, mythology, politics and other matters. The language of the letters is often complex, and represents an example of Grecising Armenian. Their translation and commentary is a desideratum in Armenian studies and is of importance for adjacent fields as well.

  • The reception of the throne vision of Ezekiel in Armenian literature and art. Apart from various of its aspects addressed in separate publications I am working on two larger works:

Vardan Anec‘i's Panegyric on the Divine Chariot (10th-11th c.): Translation and commentary; Esayi Nč‘ec‘i's Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel (1303): Critical edition, translation, and study.

The prophet Ezekiel's vision at the river Chebar in Babylon has given rise to mystical and political interpretations in Armenia, expressed in biblical commentaries, poems, manuscript illuminations and other works of art for over a millennium.

  • Ashough Poetry and Storytelling: Asli and Kearam. In cooperation with Ms Vergine Gulbenkian, a storyteller from Oxford.
  • Kostandin Erznkac'i (13th-14th c.): his poems, their function, and his environment.
  • Grigor Tghay, poet and Catholicos (1133-1193).
  • Editing, together with Dr Emilio Bonfiglio (University of Geneva) of the volume on Literature in the Handbook of Armenian Studies of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes, published by Brill, Leiden.
  • An important aspect of my research interest concerns the different elements of the richly varied Armenian poetic tradition, religious and secular, oral and written, ancient, medieval and modern, as well as in its development, its contact with other traditions and the ways in which it views itself.


"For Whom the Bell Tolls. Մատեան ողբերգութեան ՂԲ բանը եւ Ջոն Դոնի «Ում համար է ղօղանջում զանգը» (Աղօթքներ անսպասելի դիպվածներու առթիւ, XVII) (Prayer 92 of Grigor Narekac‘i's Book of Lamentation and John Donne's For Whom the Bell Tolls, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, XVII), Բանբեր Մատենադարանի 23 (2016), 37-55. 

"Armenian Colophons in Verse, 1641-1660", in Anna Sirinian, Paola Buzi, Gaga Shurgaia (eds.), Colofoni armeni a confronto. Le sottoscrizioni dei manoscritti in ambito armeno e nelle altre tradizioni scrittorie del mondo mediterraneo. Atti Del Colloquio Internazionale Bologna, 12-13 Ottobre 2012 (OCA 299). Roma: Ponteficio Istituto Orientale 2016, 73-84.

Krikor Momdjian, Wanderings. Պանդխտութեան մէջ In de Diapora բանաստեղծուտիւններ. Poems Gedichten Poèmes. Alphen aan den Rijn: Momdjian Stichting 2016 - editor, workshop joint-leader and co-translator of 43 poems from Armenian into English. 

"Luminous Words Seeking the Taste of Paradise", in Krikor Momdjian, Wanderings. Պանդխտութեան մէջ In de Diapora բանաստեղծուտիւններ. Poems Gedichten Poèmes. Alphen aan den Rijn: Momdjian Stichting 2016, 13-15.

"Prefiguring: Markers on the Road to Eden", in Krikor Momdjian, Wanderings. This is all We. Alphen aan den Rijn: Momdjian Stichting 2016, 13-15.

"Among Others: Greek in Context in the Letters of Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni (eleventh century)", in Francesca Gazzano, Lara Pagani, and Giusto Traina (eds.), Greek Texts and Armenian Traditions. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes, 39) Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter 2016, 197-213.

"Sis. The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia", in David Wallace (ed.) Europe. A Literary History 1348-1418. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016, Vol. II, 259-281. 

"Tracce di una civiltà. L'Armenia alla Bodleian Library", Alumina 52 (2016), 28-36.

Armenia. Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture Oxford: Bodleian Library University of Oxford 2015 (Eds. Theo Maarten van Lint & Robin Meyer)

"Վաղ շրջանի պատմագրությունը Գրիգոր Մագիստրոսի ստեղծագործություններում" (Historiography of the Early Period in Grigor Magistros's Works), Բանբեր Մնատեբադարանի 21 (2014), 97-103 (published April 2015).

Thomas F. Mathews with Theo Maarten van Lint, "The Kars-Tsamandos Group of Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts of the 11th Century", in Neslihan Asutay-Effenberger & Falko Daim (Hrsg), Der Doppeladler. Byzanz und die Seldschuken in Anatolien vom späten 11. bis zum 13. Jahrhundert. Mainz: Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum Mainz 2014, 85-95.

"Armenian Merchant Patronage of New Julfa's Sacred Spaces", in Mohammad Gharipour (ed.), Sacred Precincts. The Religious Architecture of Non Muslim Communities across the Islamic World, Leiden - Boston: Brill 2014, 308-333. (With Amy Landau)

"La cultura armena nella visione del mondo di Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni", in Carmela Baffioni, Rosa Bianca Finazzi, Anna Passoni Dell'Acqua, Emidio Vergani (eds.), Storia e pensiero religioso nel Vicino Oriente. L'Età Bagratide - Maimonide - Afraate. III Dies Academicus, Milano: Biblioteca Ambrosiana Bulzoni Editore 2014, 3-22.

"Medieval Poetic Texts", in Valentina Calzolari (ed.) with the Collaboration of Michael E. Stone, Armenian Philology in the Modern Era. From Manuscript to Digital Text. Leiden-Boston: Brill 2014, 377-413. 

"Geometry and Contemplation: The Architecture of Vardan Anec'i's Vision of the Throne-Chariot. Theosis and the Art of Memory in Armenia", in Kevork B. Bardakjian and Sergio La Porta (eds.), The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition. A Comparative Perspective. Leiden - Boston: Brill 2014, 217-241.