Grigor Aghtamartsi

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GRIGOR AGHT'AMARTSI, the Gay Catholicos Grigoris I, also known as Grigor Aghtamartsi (1480/90-1544), belonged to the Artsakuni dynasty of Armenian kings that ruled over Vaspurakan. He became Catholicos from 1512 to 1544, a turbulent period during which Ottoman Turks and Kurds incessantly attacked Armenia.

Grigor Agh’amartsi incurred the wrath of Ottoman rulers in part due to his fundraising activities on behalf of his fellow Armenians. He left behind him an important body of poetry, rich in imagery, particularly in the realm of love poetry, including the renowned homoerotic "Tagh siroy" (Love Song), which is the only known and extant homoerotic Armenian Christian love poem.