Did the Armenians have an alphabet before Mashtots? There is evidence which supports this assertion.
Philo of Alexandria (20 BCE – 50 CE) in his writings mentioned that the work of the Greek philosopher and historian Metrodorus of Scepsis ( ca. 145 BCE – 70 BCE) was also translated into Armenian.
Hyppolytus (170-235 CE), in his Chronicle mentioned that the Armenians were amongst those nations who had their own alphabet.
Philostratus the Athenian in his work wrote about the chain on which it was inscribed in Armenian (Philostratus, The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Book II, Chapter II, pp. 120-121, tr. by F. C. Conybeare, 1912).
According to Movses of Khoren, Bardesanes (154-222 CE) of Edessa had translated an Armenian book into Syriac, and later into Greek.
Although a lot of the ancient Armenian culture was swept aside with the dominance of the new religion, there is still…
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