Raffi (pen-name; real name is Hakob Melik-Hakobyan, alternative
spelling: Melik-Hakobian) — famous Armenian writer, author
of historical novels, ethnographic essays and poems. Raffi was born
in 1835 in Persia. Being a son of a merchant he was studying in
gymnasium in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a while. He traveled a lot about
Persia, Russia and Turkey...