Mesrop Mashtots

Definition

Mesrop Mashtots (360/370 - c. 440 CE) invented the Armenian alphabet in 405 CE. Besides greatly increasing levels of literacy in the country, the language permitted ordinary people to read the Bible for the first time, thus helping to further spread and entrench Christianity in Armenia, which was the original intention behind the script's invention. For these achievements Mashtots (Mastoc) was made a saint of the Armenian Church.

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  • c. 360 CE - c. 440 CE
    Life of Mesrop Mashtots, the scholar-clergyman who invented the Armenian alphabet.
  • 405 CE
    The Armenian alphabet is invented by Mesrop Mashtots.
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