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King of Urartu
Reign c. 810–c. 786 BC
Predecessor Ishpuini
Successor Argishti I
Born 855-850 BC
Died ca. 786 BC
Issue Argishti I
Father Ishpuini
Mother Naira

Menua (Armenian: Մենուա) was the fifth known king of Urartu from c. 810 BC to approximately 786 BC.

A younger son of the preceding Urartuan King, Ishpuini, Menua was adopted as co-ruler by his father in the last years of his reign. Menua enlarged the kingdom through numerous wars against the neighbouring countries and left a large number of inscriptions across the region. He organized a centralised administrative structure, fortified a number of towns and constructed fortresses. Amongst these was Menuakhinili located on Mount Ararat. Menua developed a canal and irrigation system that stretched across the kingdom. Several of these canals are still in use today.

He was succeeded by his son, Argishti I.[1]

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  1. ^ Chahin, M. The Kingdom of Armenia: A History. p. 77.