Vardan Mamikonian was the supreme commander of the Armenian armed forces from 432 to 451 AD, when Ancient Armenia had been partitioned between the Byzantine and Persian Empires for more than four decades. The Armenian nobility, also divided into two political camps, pro-Byzantine and pro-Persian, competed for absolute power.
Vardan led the rebellion against the Sasanian overlords, and their attempt to force Armenian Christians to convert back to Zoroastrianism. He and his army of 60,000 soldiers bravely confronted the Persian imperial army of 260,000 men and their war elephants at the Battle of Avarayr, in what became one of the first holy wars between the Christian and Mazdian religions.
The author, Serge Momjian, splendidly recaptures the horror of the Christian persecutions and martyrs of the past and the terrific spirit of Vardan, who, along with the Armenian people, defended their principles during a turbulent period of their history in the book, Vardan, Armenian Supreme Commander: 451 Ad, the Battle of Avarayr- A Faith Victory. The book offers fresh and captivating insights into the battle, as well as crucial events during the dominant reigns of Persian kings and Roman emperors over Armenia. It includes corroborated dialogue and speeches, which bring the ancient world and the main characters to life.
The book, released in May, is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram Spark and many online retailers.