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Etymology of Iaxartes
Various etymologies have been suggested for the name "Iaxartes" (or preciously, Iaxartês)
I suppose that:
A. The first part, the the root "Iaks-", is derivated by name "S-akas" (i.e. Sacae, Sacians, or else Scythians). The same root occurs in words:
- "Ukrayina" ( i.e. Ok(s)-raine)( = Ukraine, the modern European state)
- "Oxus" (i.e. Oks) ( = Amu Darya, ancient river, in Central Asia)
- "Euxinus Pontus" (i.e. Oks-inus pontus) ( = the modern Black Sea) etc.
B. The second part, "-arta", is derivated by ancient Persian word "arta" ( = great). So, Iaxartes means "Great Oxos".
--IonnKorr 08:45, 30 October 2005 (UTC)
There is no evidence that I can see to believe that etymology, particularly considering the examples (Ukraine as Ok(s)-raine is hardly the standard etymology).
"The river rises in two headstreams in the Tian Shan Mountains (ancient Mount Imeon) in Kyrgyzstan" Who have added this crap "Mount Imeon"? I deleted it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Torebay (talk • contribs) 21:28, 6 February 2010 (UTC)