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Artaxias I 'Pious'

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Artaxias I 'Pious'

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Artaxias I was the founder of the Artaxiad Dynast whose members ruled the Kingdom of Armenia for nearly two centuries.

Even though Alexander the Great did not conquer Armenia, Hellenistic culture had strongly impacted Armenian society. Artaxias I was appointed as strategos.

According to Stravo and Plutarch, Artashes also founded the Armenian capital Artashat (Artaxata) with the aid of the Carthaginian general Hannibal who was being sheltered from the Romans within Artashesians' court. It is said that when Hannibal fled from the Romans and came to Armenia, he suggested different projects to the Armenian king and taught him several useful things. When he saw the beautiful landscape and nature in Armenia he drew a sketch for the future city. Then he took Artashes to the spot and asked him to personally supervise the building of the city. Thus a big and beautiful city was named after the king, Artashat, and became his capital.  

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Artaxias I was the founder of the Artaxiad Dynast whose members ruled the Kingdom of Armenia for nearly two centuries.

Even though Alexander the Great did not conquer Armenia, Hellenistic culture had strongly impacted Armenian society. Artaxias I was appointed as strategos.

According to Stravo and Plutarch, Artashes also founded the Armenian capital Artashat (Artaxata) with the aid of the Carthaginian general Hannibal who was being sheltered from the Romans within Artashesians' court. It is said that when Hannibal fled from the Romans and came to Armenia, he suggested different projects to the Armenian king and taught him several useful things. When he saw the beautiful landscape and nature in Armenia he drew a sketch for the future city. Then he took Artashes to the spot and asked him to personally supervise the building of the city. Thus a big and beautiful city was named after the king, Artashat, and became his capital.