Argishti I of Urartu
|King of Urartu|
A son and the successor of Menua, he continued the series of conquests initiated by his predecessors. He was involved in a number of inconclusive conflicts with the Assyrian king Shalmaneser IV. He conquered the northern part of Syria and made Urartu the most powerful state in post-Hittite Asia Minor. He also expanded his kingdom north to Lake Sevan, conquering much of Diauehi and the Ararat Valley. Argishti built the Erebuni Fortress in 782 BC, and the fortress of Argishtikhinili in 776 BC.
He was succeeded by his son Sarduri II.
Linguists believe that the name Argištiše has Indo-European etymology (Armenian). Compare Armenian արեգ (translit. areg) – “sun deity”, “sun”, Phrygian ΑΡΕJΑΣΤΙΝ (translit. Areyastin) - “epithet of the great mother” and Ancient Greek αργεστής (translit. argestes) - “shining”, “brilliant”, “white”, “bright”.
- Burney, Charles Allen (2004-04-19). Historical Dictionary of the Hittites. 2004. p. 187. ISBN 9780810865648.
- Suny, Ronald Grigor (1994). The Making of the Georgian Nation. p. 6. ISBN 0253209153.
- Petrosyan, Armen - The Indo-european and ancient Near Eastern sources of the Armenian epic, 2002, Institute for the study of Man
- N. Adontz, Histoire d'Arménie. Les origines, Paris, 1946
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