“…[he] made the Republic of Rome tremble before the
prowess of his arms…” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C. – 43 B.C.)
Tigran II, the Great, was king of Armenia from
95 B.C. until 55 B.C. During his reign Armenia reached its widest extension from
Mediterranean to Caspian seas and seriously challenged Roman domination in the
Despite considerable information, Tigran’s
achievements are difficult to analyze and evaluate, because of the almost
exclusively classical (Roman and Greek) sources, whose treatment of him, as the
son-in-law and supporter of Rome’s greatest enemy Mithradates VI Eupator of
Pontus, is invariably hostile.
We also believe that
Tigran the Great could be the founder of first polo association to give conquered
nations an opportunity to compete and defend country’s honour in peaceful way,
since the game, that time known as “chovgan”, had been already invented and
enjoyed great patronage under kings and noblemen.