Armani, (also given as Armanum) was an ancient kingdom mentioned by Sargon of Akkad and his grandson Naram-Sin of Akkad as stretching from Ibla to Bit-Nanib, its location is heavily debated, and it continued to be mentioned in the later Assyrian inscriptions.
Syria : Armani was mentioned alongside Ibla in the geographical treaties of Sargon, this led some historians to identify Ibla with Syrian Ebla and Armani with Syrian Armi, prof Michael C. Astour refuse to identify Armani with Armi as Naram-Sin makes it clear that the Ibla he sacked (in c.2240 BC) was a border town of the land of Armani, while the Armi in the Eblaite tablets is a vassal to Ebla.
Mesopotamia : Armani was attested in the treaties of Sargon in a section that mentions regions located in Assyria and Babylonia or territories adjacent to the East in contrast to the Syrian Ebla location in the west, the later King Adad-Nirari I of Assyria also mentions Arman as being located east of the Tigris and on the border between Assyria and Babylon, historians who disagree with the identification of Akkadian Armani with Syrian Armi, place it (along with Akkadian Ibla) north of the Hamrin Mountains in northern Iraq.
First mentioned as the land of Armani by Sargon, king Naram-Sin boasted his victory and destruction of the city, he gives a detailed account of the siege and the capturing of the king in one of his inscriptions.
Armani was later mentioned amongst the cities that rebelled against Naram-Sin, during the middle Assyrian and Kassites periods, The land of Armani was mentioned as located eastern of the Tigris and King Shalmaneser III mentions his conquest of Halman but the identification of Halman with Akkadian Armani (Arman) is dubious.
Name of Armenia Connections
It has been suggested by early 20th century Armenologists that Armani is the earliest form of the name Armenia.
- Wayne Horowitz. Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography. p. 82.
- Brinkmann J.a. Political history of Post-Kassite Babylonia (1158-722 b. C.) (A). p. 195.
- Cyrus Herzl Gordon; Gary Rendsburg; Nathan H. Winter. Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Volume 4. p. 63,64,65,66.
- William J. Hamblin. Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC. p. 220.
- Ibp Inc. Armenia Country Study Guide Volume 1 Strategic Information and Developments. p. 42.