Ruben I, Prince of Armenia


Ruben I, Prince of Armenia

Infobox Monarch
name =Roupen I
title =Prince


predecessor =
successor =Gosdantin I
dynasty =Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia|

Ruben I (also transliterated "Rupen" or "Roupen" in Western Armenian from _hy. Ռուբեն Ա; 1025–1095) was the founder of the Kingdom of Cilician Armenia. Initially lord of Gobidar and Goromosol, he declared independence when he launched a rebellion against the Byzantine Empire in 1080 and seized the fortress of Partzerpert. Born in Armenia, Ruben was likely a member of the Bagratuni Dynasty that had ruled in Cilicia after the fall of Ani in 1045. He was related to, maybe a son of Gagik II, the last King of Ani.

Ruben died in 1095 and was buried at the monastery of Castalon. His son Constantine I of Armenia succeeded him.

References

*Ghazarian, Jacob, (2000), "The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia During the Crusades", Routledge Curzon.
* [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Places/Asia/Armenia/_Texts/KURARM/27*.html The Barony of Cilician Armenia] (Kurkjian's History of Armenia, Ch. 27)
* [http://genealogy.euweb.cz/crus/armenia1.html The Rupenids]

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