A deadly blow was put on the Armenian statehood by the fall of the Bagratidian kingdom. In addition to external enemies attacks, there was internal divide in the country. Gagik's two sons, Hovhannes Smbat and Ashot, were fighting for the throne. The younger brother asked for military assistance from Baghdad, and the senior heir of throne bequeathed Ani to Byzantine Empire, which had to ensure its security and rest. One more fact is that Ani has been submitted to the Byzantines by Catholicos Petros Getadardz. What was the role of the Catholicos, was the participation of Getadardz analyzed objectively and comprehensively?
Dr. Karen Matevosyan, Doctor of Historical Sciences and Vahe Torosyan, Candidate of Historical Sciences talk about these issues.