CP - 2001 -Armenian Church: When Armenia adopted Christianity as its state religion in 301 AD, it became the first nation in the world to do so. The year 2001 marks the 1,700th anniversary of the Armenian Apostolic Church. A single commemorative stamp, designed by Debbie Adams, features elements important to the Armenian Church: a Khachkar (cross stone), an image of Christ, and detail from ancient text. The stamp was issued on May 16, 2001, in Toronto, Ontario.
Artavazd II, son of Tigranes II, was the king of Great Armenia from 56 to 34 BC. Like his father, Artavazd II fought against Rome for the elimination of dependence of Armenia. Artavazd II is also known as a historian, writer, playwright and an activist of Hellenistic culture.Plutarch describes Artavasdes II as a well educated man, who had a great fondness for all things Greek and was an accomplished scholar who composed Greek tragedies and histories.