THE DEFEAT OF ROMAN LEGIONS
Written by Gevork Nazaryan
After a number of battles in western Asia Minor against the Roman invaders, Mithridates along with around two to four thousands courtiers withdrew to the Armenian domain and the protection of Tigran. As earlier noted, during this period the King of Kings faced palace revolts headed by two of his sons -- Zareh and Tigran -- who only persuaded their own power-hungry ambitions of seizing the crown, with the help of outside forces, the Parthians and/or the Romans. Plutarch noted that, "Mithridates meanwhile, a panic-stricken fugitive, found welcome with Tigranes, King of Armenia, who comforted his despair, raised his drooping spirits and restored his ruined fortunes." An emissary from Lucullus demanded the handover of Mithridates, Tigran refused and sent the emissary back to his commander. Now the war between Armenia and Rome was inevitable. Lucullus entered Armenia in the spring of 69. He knew that the most vulnerable point in the west was the Tsop'k' Province [Sophene] which along with the important Province of Korduk (Gordyene) of Greater Armenia had a history of separatist tendencies. Now Tigran faced numerous fronts and enemies within and without. The Parthians were massing on the southern frontier of the Empire, waiting for the right moment to strike, the Romans were encroaching to the West -- yet both of these powers would only achieve victory against Tigran's fighting machine if they acted in a coordinated unison -- a two front scenario. Tigran knew that he had the support of the Army, especially the Armenian Cavalry, that was fiercely loyal to Tigran. It is interesting to note here that Plutarch considered the entry of the Roman general into Greater Armenia a military blunder, since the highlanders were prepared to fight to the death, shoulder to shoulder -- with the regular Imperial Army -- from their impregnable highlands . He wrote "He [Lucullus] seemed to be making a reckless attack, and one admitted on no saving calculation, upon warlike nations, countless thousands of horsemen, and a boundless region surrounded by deep rivers and mountains covered with perpetual snow."
ARMENIAN [AND KINSMEN PARTHIAN] AZAT CATAPHRACTS - HEAVILY ARMED
[SPEAR, SWORD, BOW AND ARROWS AND A THRUSTING SWORD/DAGGER FOR CLOSE
COMBAT AND ARMORED [MOST ELITE UNITS OF THE HEAVY CAVALRY HAD PADDED
ARMOR ON THE WAR HORSE. THE CORE OF ARMENIAN IMPERIAL AYRUDZI.
ARMENIAN CATAPHRACT [LATER TO BE KNOWN AS THE
CAVALIER-KNIGHT OF EUROPE] WAS AWE INSPIRING SIGHT EVEN TO A SEASONED
ROMAN VETERAN LEGIONNAIRES. THE ARMOR COVERED VIRTUALLY ALL OF
THE ARMENIAN CAVALIER AND HIS CHERISHED WAR HORSE.
ARMENIAN CATAPHRACTS BATTLING ROMAN LEGIONNAIRES.
ARCHERS OF THE ARMENIAN IMPERIAL ARMY MADE UP
OF COMMONERS WERE
DEADLY. MOST ARMENIAN LAYMEN PRACTICED ARCHERY AND HUNTING WAS
A COMMON MEANS OF SECURING DAY'S MEAL FOR THE ARMENIANS OF THE
COUNTRYSIDE. THE DEADLY ARMENIAN ARCHER FORMATIONS DECIMATED
WHOLE ROMAN LEGIONS THROUGHOUT GREATER ARMENIA AND BEYOND.
A N A H I T
THE GREAT MOTHER GODDESS OF LOVE, BEAUTY AND FERTILITY
HER BEAUTIFUL STATUES OF WORSHIP WERE ADORNED WITH CRESCENT SHAPED
CROWNS NOTE THE TWO 'BRACKET' CRESCENT SHAPED HAIR
FACING EACH OTHER ON HER FOREHEAD
[CONNECTED WITH THE LUNAR FEMININE PRINCIPLE]
-- THE WAVY HAIR ARE SYMBOLIC OF RIVERS/ COSMIC WATERS
ALSO A FEMALE PRINCIPLE. STRABO NOTED THAT
ANAHIT WAS THE SUPREME GODDESS OF GREATER ARMENIA
EVOLVED FORM OF THE GREAT MOTHER GODDESS INANNA
OF ANCIENT ARMENIC SUMERIANS
THE FLOOR PLAN OF BATHS ADJOINING THE GARNI TEMPLE
WATER WAS THE ELEMENT OF THE MOTHER GODDESS
SYMBOL OF PURITY AND PRIMORDIAL COSMIC WATERS
SIDE VIEW [CUT] OF THE GARNI BATHS ADJOINING THE TEMPLE OF THE SUN GOD
[THUS UNITING/FUSING THE ENERGIES OF FEMALE/WATER WITH MALE/FIRE...]
RESTORED SIDE TOP VIEW SEC. OF THE BATHS.
THE PARALLEL RUNS IN TSOVINAR OF THE COSMIC EPIC THE DAREDEVILS OF SASUN
[NAR -- STANDS FOR COMBINATION OF FIRE AND WATER -- CREATION
NAIRI LITERALLY MEANT THE LAND OF RIVERS AND IGNEOUS MOUNTAINS]
TSOVINAR THE ETERNAL FEMALE PRINCIPLE OF PRIMORDIAL
COSMIC MATRIX-DARK MATTER/MOTHER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO THE TWINS [HEAVEN AND EARTH]
THE ABOVE BUST IS ONE OF THE
PRESERVED SECTIONS OF THE STATUE OF THE GODDESS FROM THE OLD CAPITAL
ARTAŠAT THAT IS CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM
PLINY THE ELDER IN HIS NATURAL HISTORY NOTED THAT
ANAHIT'S GOLDEN STATUE LOCATED IN TOWN OF ERIZA OF THE EKEŁEAC‛ PROVINCE
OF UPPER ARMENIA WAS SMASHED TO BITS BY THE ROMAN SOLDIERS UNDER
MARCUS ANTONIUS WHO FOUGHT AGAINST KING OF KINGS' SON ARTAVAZD II
DETAIL OF THE DISCOVERED REMAINS OF A BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC ON THE FLOOR OF
GARNI BATHS. WITHIN THE SACRED [LAYERED...ONE WITHIN ANOTHER] SQUARE[S]
MARKED WITH THE SIGN OF ETERNITY [UNBROKEN INTERWOVEN DNA
RING KNOT OF THE OUROBOROS] IS EA-HAYA [ENKI-ENOCH] -- THE QUINTESSENTIAL
ARMAN GOD OF COSMIC WATERS [ON-OAN-OCEAN..] AND DIVINE WISDOM...
THE HAIR ARE IN THE FORM OF FLOWING WATERS...WHILE THE HORNS
[ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTELLATIONS OF TAURUS, ARIES AND CAPRICORN]
ARE MADE UP OR ARE DIVIDED INTO 3 [DEITIES RIGHT SIDE BRAIN] AND 4 [DEITIES
LEFT SIDE BRAIN] SPHERES BRINGING THE TOTAL [3+4] TO 7...
HORNED GODDESS AYA [NOTE THE EXPRESSIVE BEAUTIFUL ARMENIAN EYES...]
OF THE SEA [FEM. PRINCIPLE/HALF] NEXT TO HAYA MAKES UP THE
DIVINE ARCHETYPICAL COUPLE.
H A R M O N I O U S Φ LINE OF THE SACRED MITHRĆVM
WITHIN THE ALL-ENCOMPASSING DECADE [1+2+3+4].
RECONSTRUCTION BY MOESEL.
AQUARIAN TRIANGLE IN THE FORM OF A DELTA [FOURTH]
SYMBOLIC OF NEW CHANGE/ORDER
ABOVE MU' [TWELFTH] -- INITIAL OF
THE SUN GOD.
INSCRIBED ON THE COINS OF KING ARTAVASDES II.
MR IS ALSO THE ANCIENT NAME FOR EGYPT.
MIR IN SLAVIC LANGUAGES MEANS WORLD AND PEACE.
ARMENIAN HIGH PRIESTS WEARING THE TRADITIONAL MITHRAIC CAPS
RELIEF FROM ANCIENT DAROYNK.
THE MITHRAIC TRIPLE DECKER STAFF OF THE HIEROPHANT [HAYR...FATHER...AYR...
MAN...AND...AYR-EL...HUR...FIRE/DIVINE SPARK...HURYA ALONG WITH SYRIA WAS
ONE OF THE ANCIENT NAMES OF MITANNI-NAHARIN-PHOENICIA...SURYA IS THE
SUN GOD IN THE HINDU PANTHEON...ONE OF THE 33 MANIFEST GODS
OF THE UNMANIFEST UNDERLYING ONE...ĒUT‛IWN] OF WISDOM AND POWER
TWO Ēs [SYMBOLS OF DIVINE ĒSSENCE FACING EAST AND WEST] ONE OF
THE IMPORTANT SYMBOLS [ALONG WITH THE 8-POINTED STAR
AND TWO EAGLES] OF THE ARTAXIAD HOUSE
ONE OF THE COINS OF ARTASHES III [18-32 AD]
MINTED IN THE OLD CAPITAL ARTAXATA.
INSCRIPTION READS ARTAXERXES AND
LIKE ON THE COINS OF THE ARTAVASDES II -- ΘEOY [GODLIKE...]
THE COIN INCLUDES MYSTERIOUS NUMBER 14...WHICH
SOME SCHOLARS HAVE SUGGESTED IS PERHAPS ASSOCIATED
WITH THE YEAR OF REIGN WHEN THE COIN WAS MINTED.
The Romans under Lucullus -- after the treachery at Tigranakert -- became somewhat arrogant -- looking for an easy victory. Tigran's High Priests advised the Emperor to have the decisive battle by the river Aratsani [Arsanias]. He knew that many warriors believed that they will be victorious if the battle is fought by the sacred river. They were right.
ROMAN LEGIONNAIRES TRY TO REGROUP AFTER THEIR
BROKEN BY THE ONSLAUGHT OF ARMENIAN CAVALRY.
The Armenian Cavalry came through for Tigran this time as well. The charging horsemen broke the Roman legion formations and chased the fleeing Romans all the way back to the western frontier. Simultaneously, Mithridates led an Armeno-Pontic force and liberated Cappadocia and Pontus itself. The initial successes [if one can consider the burning of Tigranakert as such] of Lucullus faded. After the crushing defeat, the Roman senate recalled the pro consul back to Rome.
BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL REMNANTS OF THE STATUE
OF MOTHER ARMENIA--MATRON GODDESS OF HER CHILDREN
GOLDEN MOTHER ANAHIT...NOTE BOWS AND ARROWS OF THE HUNTER GODDESS
THE STATUE WAS MADE AND PLACED IN THE SOUTH
PORTICO OF SEBASTEION IN THE FIRST CENTURY OF COMMON ERA DURING
THE REIGN OF EMPEROR NERO [54-68]. IT IS CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY IN
ROME'S APHRODISIAS MUSEUM. MOTHER ARMENIA IS WEARING
THE ICONIC SYMBOL OF ARMENIA THE MITHRAIC RED HAT
[WITH THE PHALLIC TIP...LIKE THE WHITE CROWN OF UPPER EGYPT
THAT WAS CARRIED OVER FROM MIT[R]ANNI-NAHARIN BY THE NETJERU...
THE SHINING ONES OF THE BOOK OF THE DEAD AND HERMES'-THOTHS
THE G R A C E OF THE GODDESS...MOTHER ARMENIA...CLOSE UP.
DENARIVS OF LVCIVS VERVS ARENIA DEPICTING MOTHER ARMENIA
REP. WEARING THE MITHRAIC HAT.
SOLAR TEMPLE WITH KHOYAK [LIT. RAM HEADED] COLUMNS.
ARIES...FROM AR-A [SUN GOD]...ARISTOCRAT [NOBLE].
TWO SPIRALS ON ONE COLUMN STEM SPINNING RIGHT AND LEFT.
FOUR COLUMNS LEAD TO THE ILLUMINED APEX.