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A beautiful Armenian love story

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Artaxias I, King of Armenia

The invasion of the Kingdom of Armenia by the Alans during the reign of King Artashes I (189–160 BC) serves as the backdrop of the romantic tale between Artashes and Satenik.

Satenik was the name of the Alanian princess who married Artashes, the king of Armenia. Their love story, known as Artashes and Satenik, is presented by the Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi in his History of Armenia.

Movses noted that the story, which he directly quotes from, was a well-known epic during his time among the common people of Armenia told by traveling storytellers and minstrels. Satenik is a popular feminine name among Armenians today.





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