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The santur is not of Babylonian origin (see well researched book by Paul M. Gifford), and the Assyrian instruments are angular harps played horizontally, not hammered dulcimers or any kind of zithers for that matter. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 04:31, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
It seems to be an old tradition to believe that the word santur is derived from the Persian sad tār meaning "hundred strings". Only pure (Iranian) nationalists maintain that – the same in India, where "Santoor" has been existing not before the 1950s, and it came from Kashmir ("Sufyana Kalam" – Kashmiri Classical Music). Etymologically it is obvious that this term came from Ancient Greek Psalterion (Koine-Greek after Alexander of Makedonia: Psaltírion), and from there it went to Aramaic (the then Lingua franca of the entire Near and Middle East, at the beginning together with Greek), Psantrin, and from there to Arabic Santir (سنطير) and eventually Santur (سنطور and سنتور). It used to be the term for a psalterium, and later the name of santur was given to the hammered dulcimer in the MIddle East which was depicted not before 17th century AD (in Isfahan).--Imruz (talk) 17:46, 10 December 2015 (UTC)