ARMENIAN STATE GOVERNANCE IN THE EPOCHS OF THE KINGDOMS OF GREAT ARMENIA AND CILICIA
State governance was of a monarchical nature in ancient and medieval Armenia. The king was the head of the state apparatus and the royal power was hereditary, passing from father to son. This custom was already well developed in the 6th-1st centuries BC, during the reign of the Yervanduni and Artashesyan royal dynasties in the Kingdom of Great Armenia. Its roots go even further back to the Ararat (Urartu) Kingdom and deeper.
The system of the Armenian state governance in Cilician Armenia (the great Principality in 1080-1198 and the Kingdom in 1198 - 1375) was formed based on the above-mentioned principles of the governance that existed in the times of the Kingdom of Great Armenia, as well as some experience of the European countries.
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