Avetik Sahak Isahakyan (alternate spelling: Avedik Issahakian)
– famous Armenian poet, writer, academician, member of the
Armenian Academy of Sciences and a prominent public figure. Born
October 19 (31), 1875, in Kazarapat, near Alexandropol (present
day Giumri), Armenia.
Isahakyan began his formal education at St. Etchmiadzin Gevorgyan
seminary (1889-92). In 1893 he attended classes at Leipzig University
as a non-matriculated student. He started his literary as well as
political careers in his early youth. Upon his return from Leipzig
in 1895 he entered the ranks of the newly established Alexandropol
committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation; through his
activities supported armed groups and financial aid sent to the
Western Armenia from Alexandropol. He was arrested in 1896 and spent
a year in Yerevan’s prison.