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Etymology of Iaxartes[edit]

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:

  1. "Ukrayina" ( i.e. Ok(s)-raine)( = Ukraine, the modern European state)
  2. "Oxus" (i.e. Oks) ( = Amu Darya, ancient river, in Central Asia)
  3. "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).

I'll be editing the article to include V.V.Barthold's research. --Michael Hancock (talk) 21:45, 13 April 2014 (UTC)


the use of florid terms like 'highly repressive' and 'wrought carnage' is clearly opinionated and unencyclopaedic. Toyokuni3 (talk) 13:43, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Mount Imeon[edit]

"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 (talkcontribs) 21:28, 6 February 2010 (UTC)


in Modern Turkish. Böri (talk) 12:41, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

etymology of "syr"[edit]

it's doesn't necessary mean it's turkic origin. it can be saka, or saqaliba or slavic syr meaning wet. as in mat syra zemljya meaning wet mother earth. (talk) 21:58, 18 July 2016 (UTC)