ITALIAN MOUNTAINEER'S BOOK ON MT. ARARAT, NOAH'S ARK, IS PRESENTED IN ITALY
- YEREVAN. - Italian mountaineer Tito De Luca's book, entitled "Ararat: On the Tracks of Noah's Ark," was presented Thursday in Italy, MFA Press Service informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Addressing the event participants, Armenia's Ambassador to Italy, Ruben Karapetyan, stressed that many know the biblical story of Noah's Ark, which landed on Mount Ararat after the Great Flood. But very few people are aware that Mount Ararat is located at the heart of historical Armenia, and that the Ararat Valley—which is at the skirts of the biblical mountain—became Noah's home and Armenia became his homeland.
The Ambassador added that this book presentation becomes more important especially these days, when some of Armenia's neighbors' policy of distorting history has become more aggressive. He expressed a conviction that the events such as this book launch contribute to publicizing information on the Armenian civilization.
The event brought together diplomats accredited in Italy, and numerous representatives from the cultural and scientific circles, the Italian media, and from the country's Armenian community.
- 1795 Birth of Alexander Griboedov (Russian ambassador to Persia). He worked for the return of Armenians from Persia to Armenia. He died in 1829.
- 1870 The Tsar publishes the statutes on towns.
- 1895 Start of the first defence of Van (until June 20).
- 1915 Ambassador Morgenthau explicitly described to the United States Department of State the policy of the Young Turk government as a campaign of "race extermination", and was instructed, by United States Secretary of State Robert Lansing, that the "Department approves your procedure ... to stop Armenian persecution".