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From Soso

Hi Eupator. It is Soso from Georgia. First of all, I am sorry that I made an emotional post on the page. The reason that I created separate page for Bagrationis (Georgian dynasty) is that Bagrationis were Georgian Kings, so I think that there should be separate article about Georgian Bagrtionis and Armenian Bagrtids. So that people can find out more about the monarchs of Georgia and Armenia. Many royal families in Europe are related to one another, so since Georgia and Armenia are independent countries they should have different articles about their monarchs. However, I am not saying that Bagrationis and Bagratids do not have connections and I have nothings against Armenian culture, because it is quite unique and they have a great history.Armenia and Georgia are friends for the centuries. My point is that Bagrationis and Bagratids should have different encyclopedia articles. Sincerely Soso


My point is that if the core population are IE autochtons and he Hurro-Urartians are migrants from Caucasus what makes the European 2nd IE wave migrants to the region of Armenia the main component of Armenians just because at the time of Herodotus and later Alexander's time the language spoken was closer to Hellenic and Paleo-Balkan languages, similar clothing, arms etc.

I'm afraid I'm not getting your point at all; what "core population"? Even if PIE was in Anatolia in 7000 BC, that was 6000 years ago at the time of Urartu; the "autochthonous" PIEans would have been replaced by Hurrians, Caucasians, Hittites and what not several times over; so I really don't see what that has to do with the arrival of the Armenians in 700 BC. dab () 20:13, 22 August 2005 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick response. See they didn't have to be replaced. The Urartians could have just been a ruling caste over IE's like Indo-Iranians were in Mittani over a Hurrian population. I'm merely trying to establish an IE presence in the region before Urartu and suggesting that Thraco-Phrygians are only one of the components of the Armenian ethnogenesis, not the main one. For example there are just as many Luwian cognates in Armenian as Phrygian. Herodotus's comments are stressed too much.--Eupator 20:32, 22 August 2005 (UTC)

Bagratuniner etc.

Thank you for the heads-up, Eupator. I am currently abit busy to participate in the Georgian Bagratuni discussions. At any rate, I believe we must first clean up our own yard, then move to the rest. There is too much misinformation on the articles directly pertaining to the Armenian history, and we need to mobilize our efforts to correct those first. Then we can use the solid evidence and consensus developed on the Armenian articles to correct other articles indirectly containing misinformation about Armenians.

Are you aware of any Armenian admins? They will be helpful in getting the official Armenian views represented. Our goal is to get adequate representation for a whole body of scientific school (officially accepted by the Armenian academia, as well as many western scholars, and supported by extensive solid research and evidence) instead of just the traditional, out-dated views on our history. Otherwise, the neutrality principle of Wikki won't be respected. Fadix and others are doing a good job with getting the truth about the Armenian Genocide accross. Our other tantamount priority is to correct the misinformation on our earlier history (or at least get enough representation for the opposing evidence and scholarship). Namely:

  • Armenia is not part of Anatolia
  • There is strong evidence that Armenians were in Armenia for the past 5000+ years (since splitting from Proto-Indo-Europeans).
  • Urartu was Armenian
  • The first Armenian state wasn't established in 190, but much earlier (traditional theory--6th c BC, newer evidence--much earlier, including Urartu and Hayasa)
  • After me (Tigran The Great :) ), Armenia wasn't a Roman dependency, but an independent and powerful kingdom choosing to ally either with Persia or Rome, as circumstances necessitated.

--TigranTheGreat 02:00, 9 November 2005 (UTC)

I'll just directly address the points you mentioned.
  • Armenia is not part of Anatolia

Is this really an issue? Historic Armenia has territory in Anatolia (Armenia Minor as well as Cilicia). Anything from historic Phrygian to the shores of Caspian (with Osroene as the South-Western border/Urmia as the South-Eastern)

  • There is strong evidence that Armenians were in Armenia for the past 5000+ years (since splitting from Proto-Indo-Europeans).

That's already added in the Armenians page as a minority view (which it is). The Gamkrelidze/Ivanov theory has very little support among linguists though. The overwhelming majority follow the Kurgan hypothesis and a few follow Renfrew and glottochronology.

  • Urartu was Armenian

Depends what you mean by Armenian. It was Armenian in the sense that Etruscans were Italian or Minoans were Greek. I already added this analogy on the Urartu page.

  • The first Armenian state wasn't established in 190, but much earlier (traditional theory--6th c BC, newer evidence--much earlier, including Urartu and Hayasa)

This is the most important one. That piece of bs was spread by an azeri editor Tabib. There is virtually no information about Ervandounis (Orontids). Once I find Toumanoff's geneology lists i'll start an article on them. The main problem with Hayasa is the fact that all we know about them via Hitties is their names (Hurrian sounding) and that they were fond of incestuous relationships.

  • After me (Tigran The Great :) ), Armenia wasn't a Roman dependency, but an independent and powerful kingdom choosing to ally either with Persia or Rome, as circumstances necessitated.

At one time or another. However, most Kings were appointed by either the Romans or Parthians;thus, not exactly independent. But yeah, this needs to be scrutinized. Kurkjian has the best summary.--Eupator 18:03, 9 November 2005 (UTC)

This article might interest you. 21:06, 9 November 2005 (UTC)


Eupator, thank you for the link. At this time let me answer to one of your points, namely on Urartu, due to time constraints.

Depends what you mean by Armenian. It was Armenian in the sense that Etruscans were Italian or Minoans were Greek. I already added this analogy on the Urartu page.

Urartu was Armenian because of the single most important defining characteristic of Armenians--the Armenian language. Urartuans were Armenians because they spoke Armenian. Of course they wrote in a Hurrian dialect (otherwise known as Urartuan), just as Armenians wrote in Aramaic and Greek in later centuries, while still speaking Armenian. There is an entire body of scholarship and evidence, researched for the past 2-3 decadies, supporting this point. It is the official view in the Armenian academia, and and is supported by many scholars outside Armenia. It is sad that many historians in the US are not aware of this important body of scholarship or are prematurely dismissing it as "nationalistic."

Of course, there are secondary pieces of evidence too. Urartuans worshipped Hayk (khald) as their main god. So did Armenians. Many location names in Urartu are Armenian. King Menua's horse--Artsibi--is Armenian ("Artsiv" = "Eagle") etc.

Now, Urartuans (or Armenians in 9th-7th cc BC) wrote in Urartuan in cuneiform inscriptions. Their writings in hieroglyphs, however, may very well be in early Armenian, based on the limitted amount of decyphering of the Urartuan hieroglyphic writings.

About Hayasa--we do know something very important about them--the root word of their name is "Hay," a name that so far has only referred to Armenians (at least in that region). "asa" is a Hittite suffix, possibly making "Hayasa" a translation of "Hayk". The names of the rules and locations in Hayasa can be analyzed as Armenian.--TigranTheGreat 13:23, 10 November 2005 (UTC)


By the way, Eupator, about this part of your message:

This is the most important one. That piece of bs was spread by an azeri editor Tabib. There is virtually no information about Ervandounis (Orontids). Once I find Toumanoff's geneology lists i'll start an article on them.

I agree, and I already corrected the 190 BC stuff on the Armenians page. Here is a list of Ervanduni kings for you, from the Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia, which is a great source for Armenian history. The bibliography after the "Ervanduniner" article lists H. Manandian, "Analytical Study of the History of Armenian People," v. 1, Yerevan, 1944, and "History of Armenian People," v. 1, Yerevan, 1971. Toumanoff's book is listed under the article "Yervand III." I find the articles pretty authoritative. Use the list as you wish:)

Yervanduni Dynasty Kingdom of Armenia

Yervand I Sakavakyats (570 - 560 BC)

Tigran Yervandyan (560 - 535 BC)

Vahagn (530 - 515 BC)

Satrapy of Armenia [(under Persia; governed by king-satrapes)]

Hidarnes I (late 6th c. BC)

Hidarnes II (early 5th c. BC)

Hidarnes III (middle of 5th c. BC)

Artashir (2nd half of 5th c. BC)

Yervand II (404 - 360 BC)

Achemenid Dynasty

Darius Codomannus (middle of 4th c - 336 BC.)

Yervanduni Dynasty

Yervand III (336 - 331 BC)

Kingdom of Armenia Major

Yervanduni Dynasty

Yervand III (331 - 300 BC)

...-anes (early 3rd c.)

Yervand IV (last quarter of 3rd c - 200 BC)

Kingdom of Tsopk (Sophene) - Commagene

Sames (middle of 3rd c. BC)

Arsham (240-220 BC)

Xerxes (late 3rd c. BC)

--TigranTheGreat 17:30, 10 November 2005 (UTC)

Hi again Eupator. Sorry I didn't get back to you soon enough, I wanted to get as many sources as possible, but got too busy. I will still answer your question as best as I can. By the way, thank you for the link to the article on the origins of Armenians, very informative.

No Urartian inscriptions have been deciphered to Armenian, and they can't be. It is established that they are written in non-Armenian language, a dialect of Hurrian, generally named "Urartian." Yet, the very language on these inscriptions suggests that 1) it was not spoken in Urartu, and 2) it was written by an Armenian. And here is why (I will first give you the arguments, then sources). The langauge used in the inscriptions is very restrictive, repetitive, and poor in vocabulary. The same pre-formulated sentences are repeated over and over in hundreds of inscriptions, as if copy pasted. In fact the same sentence sometimes is repeated 20-30 times in the same inscription. This is easy to do with computers, but not when you carve words on rock, in which case some variation/creativity would be expected (if it were the writer's native tongue). Hurrian is generally considered rich language, but the one used in Urartian inscriptions is extremely poor in words--out of 500 inscriptions over 3 centuries, only 350 word-roots are used. Just imagine that--2 inscriptions per one word-root. It's not a language, it's a joke. There is no creativity whatsoever, no literary works--even though Urartu was a well developed state with highly advanced culture, as expressed in every single artifact except literary works (which, again, are non-existent). By comparison, Mitani, where Hurrian was the offical language, produced epic religous texts written in Hurrian. All of this led Armenian historians in the past 30-40 years to realize that the best explanation of this would be that the language was not spoken neither by the population nor by the royal writers, who themselves were not fluent in the language. Just like Armenians throughout centuries used foreign languages for writing until 405 AD. So there is nothing abnormal about that.

Of course the next question is what was their native language. Again, the inscriptions provide the answer. They are filled with Armenian words, expressions, and even entire sentences. Out of 350 word-roots, over 70 are Armenian. There is a famous line taken from the inscriptions that is entire Armenian (you may have heard it). It reads:

"Iese ini pili agubi"

It was established that the inscription was saying that "I laid down that canal." The above sentence can only be deciphered as ancient Armenian slightly modified to suit the Hurrian linguistic rules (a practice that many kids in Armenia use even today when they try to speak Russian, but don't know the words, so they substitute Armenian words and modify the endings to make them look Russian). Namely, the above sentence becomes:

"Yes (iese) ayn (ini) peghvatsk@ (pili) agutsi/gtsetsi (agubi).

These are non-Urartian, native Armenian words. The entire sentence is completely, and surprisingly, Armenian.

The restrictive nature of the Urartian language, and the abundance of Armenian words and expressions, points to the conclusion that those who wrote it were fluent in Armenian but not in Hurrian, and sometimes they put Armenian words in the inscriptions.

Of course there are secondary pieces of evidence too--such as locations that can only be deciphered as Armenian (Tuaratsatapi--Tavaratsatap--valley of cattle), Menua's horse Artsibi/Artsiv/Eagle. By the way, I don't know where you obtained the information that Artsiv is Urartuan. In every source that I checked (which I provided below), it is listed as a purely Armenian/Indo-European word. Compare it with Russian "Oreol"

Now, besides cuneiform inscriptions, Urartuans used hyerogliphs as well, which largely have not been deciphered yet. However, a young historian Artak Movsisyan, who has dedicated his research to ancient pictographs/hyerogliphs/writing systems in Armenia, gives some good arguments that, even based on partial deciphering of the hyerogliphs, it was used to write in Armenian. He does it mainly by process of elimination--saying how this or that word, if started by this or that sound, could be Armenian, but could not be Hurrian, Hittite, or Semitic etc. If he is right, that would mean that, just like the Hittites, Urartuans used two writing systems by two different languages--cuneiform for Hurrian, and hyerogliphs for native tongue (Armenian). Hittites by the way did it the other way around. The book (he wrote several) where he talks about this is "Haykakan Mehenagrutyun," 2003, Yerevan, published by Yerevan University.


The arguments and conclusions that I mentioned above are not those of some novice nationalist historians--they are the accepted established official theory in Armenia at least since the 80's. They are stated in the "Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia," particularly in the articles "Urartology" and "Urartian Language," pp 273-75, v. 12, Yerevan 1986. Note that this was published before the collapse of USSR and the Karabakh movement/national revival of 1988, and at this time historians were working under strict Soviet supervision which banned any expression of nationalism. Which means if these were the official stance of the most authoritative publication in Soviet Armenia, the authors had good evidence and sources to defeat any objections. I read the articles, and there is a list of bibliography after each. The first article's bibliography is quite long, but the second I reproduced below. The article is written by famous historian Rafael Ishkanyan, and the sources written by him and Jahukyan (not just those below, but any that you can find) contain the views and evidence I mentioned above. As for the rest of the books, other than Dyakonof, it seems they provide supporting evidence for the above one way or the other. I haven't read any of them, but I am sure any major library in the US will have them. US libraries have the Armenian Encyclepdia by the way. Here is the bibliography for the Urartian Language article:


Ishkhanyan R., "Hamematakan lezvabanutyan nor haytnagortsumner yev hayeri tsagman u hnaguyn patmutyan hartser," ("New Discoveries of Comparitive Linguistics and Questions about Origin and Ancient History of Armenians") "Banber Yerevani Hamalsarani," 1979, No. 2

Jahukyan G.B., "Haykakan shert urartakan ditsaranum," ("The Armenian Layer in Urartian Pantheon") "Patmabanasirakan handes," 1986, No. 1


Melikashvili G.A., "Urartskiye klinoobrazniye nadpisi," ("Urartian Cuneiform Inscriptions") Moscow 1960 (prodolzheniye v zhurnale "Vestnik drevney istorii," 1971, No. 3, 4)

Dyakonov I.M., "Yaziki Drevney Peredney Azii," ("Languages of Ancient Near East") Moscow 1967

Jahukyan G.B., "Vzaimootnosheniye indoevropeyskikh, hurritsko-urartskikh i kavkazskikh yazikov" ("Relations between Indo-European, Hurro-Urartian, and Caucasian Languages") Yerevan 1967

Now, a much more "reader-friendly" explanation of the evidence/arguments that I mentioned can be found in Rafael Ishkanyan's book "Illustrated History of Armenia," Yerevan 1989 sold here. It is intended more for the lay readers, and is not strictly "scientific," which is why it does not cite sources under the strict rules of research. But I am sure Ishkanyan's other works mentioned above do. I have read this book, it's pretty interesting, and makes everything very clear.

Another one of Jahukyan's valuable books supporting the Urartu=Armenia theory is "History of Armenia: pre-writing period" (in armenian), Yerevan 1987.

Two english written sources that suppor that Urartuans were Armenians are:

R.D. Wilkinson, "introduction to the History of Pre-Christian Armenia (Cambridge, Mass.: Society for Armenian Studies, 1983), pp 3-6, 72, notes 8 and 9.

Edward Gulbekian, "Why did Herodotus Think the Armenians Were Phrygian Colonists?" Armenian Review 44(3-175) (Autumn 1991), pp. 65-70.

I hope you will find this useful.--TigranTheGreat 07:20, 20 January 2006 (UTC)


Greetings! As you are a native speaker of Armenian with historical interests, I thought I'd ask you about how best to transliterate certain names, particularly those of the nobles and kings of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. For instance, we have Rupen, Rhupen, and Roupen all appearing in various places. There's also Leo vs Leon (or Levon?), Toros vs Thoros, Hethum vs Hetum, and Sempad vs Smbat. I'd appreciate advice on the preferred forms. Choess 22:58, 14 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, that's really helpful. Rüdt-Collenberg seems to have used a Western Armenian translation for his extensive genealogical work, which probably accounts for most of the confusion. The only other names I can think of are Adam and Thomas (unchanged, I think), Djoffry and Vasil (both of which are straightforward), and Kyr-Anna. While I'm asking, what's the meaning of the phrase "seated on a horse", which appears in Smbat Sparapet's Chronicle? It sounds from context like a coming-of-age ceremony or a knighting. Choess 21:05, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
Oh, Smbat is just the author, not the person referred to. A page of the English translation referring to "seating on a horse" is here: Smbat Sparapet's Chronicle. "In the same year King Het'um wanted to seat his eldest son, Lewon, on a horse...[describes the Latin nobility and ecclesiastics summoned for the event]...And they placed Lewon on a horse in the year [g231] 705 A.E. [1256] on the fifteenth day of November to the great joy of the king and his father and his entire family and those who were present." I don't know where to find the Armenian version, but it's probably not too rare. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Rüdt-Collenberg's works: the one most relevant to Armenia is "The Rupenides, Hethumides and Lusignans", published 1963 and long out of print. I believe the NY Public Library has a copy available; if you have a particular question you'd like to ask, I can look it up for you. Choess 03:49, 16 November 2005 (UTC)


Could you please write a stub - just a few sentences based on ? Only 2 -5 sentences enough. Please. Pietras1988 09:56, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Done.Կուռով --Eupator 16:38, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Thx for article on hy wiki. You see: . Pietras1988 TALK 09:20, 1 February 2006 (UTC)


Hey, man, how are you doing:)? Is everything all right? I saw you deleted alot of stuff pertaining to your knowledge about Armenians. I hope you are not taking the blocking too personally--I have been blocked (on other sites) too many times. I just learn from it. Anyway, hope you are fine.--TigranTheGreat 07:29, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Urartu etc.

Hey, Eupator. Just make sure not to abandon the NK page while you focus on your articles. There are some important changes going on there that need input. I alone cannot achieve it all:)

Actually the official position of the Armenian scholarship, based on the evidence I briefly explained, is that Urartu was not a syncretic Armenian/Hurrian society but an Armenian society. According to this view, Armenians adopted the Hurrian writing not from Hurrians living among themselves (as there were none) but from neighboring Hittite schools. That's why the inscriptions are in Hurrian. But for the reasons I explained, it seems that the writers (and the population) were Armenian. That's because the Hurrian in the inscription is too limitted to be a spoken language, and the abundance of Armenian words there suggests that the authors were Armenians.

It's interesting what you said about the geo-policital reality affecting our historiography, but we need to look at the other side of the equation as well. The reason that the West ignores the evidence supporting Urartu's Armenian nature (and Armenians' nativity) is because of the 200 year old rivalry between the West (first Britain, now US) and Russia, and with Turkey and Armenia having found themselves in the opposing sides of this rivalry. Since Armenia is pro-Russian, its claims for Eastern Turkey benefit Russia and harm Western interests. Therefore any theory or evidence that would support those claims (such as Armenians being native in the area etc), are met with fierce resistance by the West. And since scholars are affected by the political stance of their states, their works reflect Wests' pro-Turkish, anti-Russian, and therefore anti-Armenian position. That's why any proposal about Armenians' nativeness is readily dismissed as nationalism, without even looking at the evidence. On the other hand, there has been steady increase in views originating from Turko-Azeri propaganda in the mainstream western Scholarship. When Tabib produces quotes saying that Artsakh was historically part of Albania, it's not coincidential. There are sources in the West that have adopted that false view. Another example is Anatolia. Before 1920, the area west of Euphrates was called Anatolia, and the one east of Euphrates was Armenia. Kemal abolished the names Armenia and Kurdistan from official Turkish maps and called everythign Anatolia, for obvious reasons. This gradually spread in the mainstream Western scholarship. Also, note that the view that Armenians were native in Armenia was generally accepted before late 1800's. It's not surprising that as the interests between pro-Turkish West and Russia clashed, the school of thought radically changed.

By the way, what is a Centum language, or Satemized? I am not a linguist.

I also don't think Armenian historians are forced to ignore or accept views. Before 80's, everyone in Armenia thought that we were from Balkans, and we were very proud about that--we were the Europeans, the civilized ones from the West. I personally changed my views when I considered the evidence that I explained to you, and then everything just made sense. I am sure that was the case with the rest of Armenia's population.

Are you from Armenia, or Diaspora?--TigranTheGreat 19:07, 2 February 2006 (UTC)


By the way, there is a voting going on on the Armenian Genocide Talk page. The issue is whether the POV tag should be removed. It clearly has to be removed--the page is very neutral, perhaps too much. Anyway, your vote will be appreciated.--TigranTheGreat 19:25, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

I support Armenians.

I want Armenia to get Nakhchivan also and to regain the territories stolen by Turkey.

You are absolutely correct.

Anatolia was Greek and Armenian, Mesopotamia was Assyrian. The Kurds come from the Zagros Mountains on the Iranian side. They even speak and Indo-Iranian language.

Armenian-German Battalion

Hey Eup, just wondering if you have found any new sources regarding the Armenian Foreign Legion? Best wishes. --MarshallBagramyan 23:42, 3 February 2006 (UTC)


Do you really live in Armenia? Lucky you. Hakob 02:26, 4 February 2006 (UTC)


Hi, Eupator. I couldn't help but notice during the mediation that when Grandmaster deleted large portions from the Armenian view regarding the destruction of monuments, it was easily accepted by you. Did you compare his version with the original version to see what exactly he deleted? I think there was some good stuff.--TigranTheGreat 10:15, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

Eupator, I am not talking about the history section. I am talking about this:

Armenia has accused the Azerbaijani government in systematic destruction of centuries old Armenian khachkars (intricately carved stone crosses) and other historical Armenian monuments in Julfa (in southern Nakhichevan). For the second time since independence, Armenia is presenting international organizations (such as UNESCO) with photos and video in support of these accusations, appealing these organizations to intervene. According to the Armenian authorities, this latest evidence shows Azeri soldiers carrying out the destruction of the monuments.

being replaced by Grandmaster with this:

Armenia has accused the Azerbaijani government in destruction of Armenian grave-stones (khachkars) at a medieval cemetery in the town of Julfa in Nakhichevan, presenting photos and video in support of these accusations.

which he copied (the first part) from this:, which is written by an Azeri.

I see you are silent on the changes going on on the Nakhichevan. Do you have any positions, or you are just giving up? If you have objections, it's time to voice them.--TigranTheGreat 19:38, 5 February 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for the compliment on Gyumri. ;-)

The reason I haven't added any pictures of the city is because I don't know the license of the photos on the Gyumri website and all other photos I've stumbled upon wouldn't be considered "fair use." That sucks, because I found some pretty nice ones. During my visit to Armenia/Artsakh I mostly took pictures of Yerevan and Stepanakert, I've got no Gyumri or Vanadzor. I'm going to check with some of my friends and see what they've got. Hakob 22:57, 5 February 2006 (UTC)


Hi Eupator,

Just wondering if you'd be able to vote in the poll at Talk:Turkish people#Image:Turks2.jpg. Thanks. --Khoikhoi 23:41, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! --Khoikhoi 23:56, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Eupator, I also too wanted to kindly ask for you to help me out here: Talk:Syriac_genocide#Assyrian_Genocide Thank you :) Chaldean 21:07, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

Urartu Edit

Could you explain what you didn't understand about by edit to the Urartu article? Thanks!--Moosh88 21:20, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

I added "even more" to show that Urartu and Armenia are one and the same, not just similar or somewhat related.--Moosh88 03:10, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Why do you say we can only speculate?--Moosh88 04:09, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Please explain your thoughts.--Moosh88 21:50, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

Being Armenian and one from Armenia, I'm a firm believer in the version of Armenian history taught by Armenian scholars, i.e. that Armenians have been in Asia Minor for over 4,000 years. The version that the Urartu article on Wiki supports is inaccurate in many parts and bases some of the information from Herodotus. This is what I want to discuss with you, since you seem like an intelligent person.

BTW: Were you born in Armenia?--Moosh88 03:13, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

What do you mean we already know each other? You also didn't answer the question above--Moosh88 03:48, 18 February 2006 (UTC)


Gyumri pictures have been added, although I'm hardly satisfied with the article. I've also expanded Dilijan a little bit, and added a few pictures. ;-) Hakob 08:34, 12 February 2006 (UTC)


Hey, Eupator. Raffi has joined the discussion on the Nakhichevan page, so take a look to see if you have any objections/comments/whatever.

By the way, I hope you saw my comments on Raffi's userpage. It's good to see knowledgable Armenians working together :)--TigranTheGreat 22:39, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

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Re this edit of yours. From reading the talk page I think there's consensus to move Bagrationi to Bagratid, but I'm a bit confused by all the other derivations of the name... If you tell me exactly what needs to be moved where, and the place where redirects should point, I could probably get some admin to do it. Only if you people really need to, of course. Cheers. -- Rune Welsh | ταλκ 22:37, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

Your call. The offer of help is still up whenever you need it. Cheers! -- Rune Welsh | ταλκ 01:15, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

History of Azerbaijan

No, I was careful to keep your edits: [1]. --Khoikhoi 23:48, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


Sure, I will take a look at it. Hope you are not too exhausted to keep an eye on Nakh and NK pages :) Some troll removed your edits on the Displaced People, luckily it was restored by Khoikhoi.--TigranTheGreat 01:30, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Eupator, by the way, I presented to provisional paragraphs at the end of the "Intro" segment in the NK Talk page. Check them out. One contains "officially" and the other contains "within official borders". I asked you and Fadix which one you guys prefer. Let me know (either on the talk page or here), before I ask the moderators. Thanks. (hope you won't have a problem finding it).--TigranTheGreat 01:47, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

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EU in Armenian

Hi, as you are a native Armenian speaker, do you think you could give the Armenian name for the European Union at Names of the European Union in the official languages. You know, given that Armenia is on the agenda :-) --Latinus 17:25, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Done.--Eupator 17:46, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Mugni Gospel

I'm glad that the article appeared. IMHO this is one of the finest illuminated manuscripts. Many articles on Armenian art still need attention, however. Today, I stumbled upon Echmiadzin and unstubbed it, so you are welcome to check if I made any mistakes. Also, you may want to take a look at WP:RFA. Happy edits, —Ghirla | talk 17:46, 22 February 2006 (UTC)


Hey Eupator. I read your entire article, it's great, I am impressed that you wrote the whole thing. It has some POV problems, but I guess they are ok for now (it heavily relies on Roman sources, so it gives the Roman POV alot. You should get hold of the ASE--it's a great resource, and is available in US libraries. It gives you alternative insight into such issues).

One issue. I have problem with "client kingdom" version. I am not sure what it means, it's a loaded term, different users may infer different interpretations. Plus it's POV--it's pro Roman. Armenians and Parthians defeated the Romans ander Petos' command, before Corbulon arrived with offers to make peace. And Tiridates demanded that the treaty be signed at the place of Roman defeat--Rhandea--to emphasize Armenia's independence from Rome. So I am not sure client is such a clear and undisputable term.

But in general, it's a great article.

By the way, you got email?--TigranTheGreat 00:13, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for your voting!


Hi, thanks for your voting on my RFA. It has finished with the result 88/14/9, and I am promoted. I am really overwhelmed with the amount of support I have got. With some of you we have edited many articles as a team, with some I had bitter arguments in the past, some of you I consider to be living legends of Wikipedia and some nicks I in my ignorance never heard before. I love you all and I am really grateful to you.

If you feel I can help you or Wikipedia as a human, as an editor or with my newly acquired cleaning tools, then just ask and I will be happy to assist. If you will feel that I do not live up to your expectation and renegade on my promises, please contact me. Maybe it was not a malice but just ignorance or a short temper. Thank you very much, once more! abakharev 07:34, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Image copyright problem with Image:Shushanik.jpg

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Hello - The book was written from scratch, that information was added by Brady. The sources would most likely be listed here: - if you need access to some of those resources, especially the 5 volume dictionary of Armenian place names, I could help... when I'm back in Yerevan! --RaffiKojian 00:08, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

Translation request for article

Greetings Eupator, Can you help me translate just the "introduction part" and the "subtitles" of this article into the Armenian language? Please. Your contribution would be gratefully appreciated. -- Jose77, 28 February 2006

Done.--Eupator 03:56, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
  • Thankyou very very much Eupator! May you prosper!

If you need any articles to be translated to Chinese, then I can help. -- Jose77, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Image of Monte Melkonian

Hey Eup, I need to know if you can help me out on the image I uploaded on to the Monte Melkonian article from the Monte Melkonian Fund's Image Gallery and determine its license, if any. If it has to be removed, so be it, but if it doesn't I hope you can then help me out. Thank you.--MarshallBagramyan 01:02, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Yerevan Metro

The article which you started has received quite an impulse from me, can I ask you to check the translits? --Kuban Cossack 17:56, 5 March 2006 (UTC)


I would be willing ot work with you on this, as well as go ot Talk in arran, and see there. My name on Wiki is Hetoum

azeri POV pusher

Hey Eupator, I'd like your help in keeping an eye on user baku87. He is from azerbaijan and he recently joined wiki and is now adding baised edits to article, mainly the Military of Armenia article and the Military of azerbaijan article. I hope you will be able to help me with this problem, which I fear will escalate.--Moosh88 23:19, 12 March 2006 (UTC)


As it happens, I was just now looking for references on this. I have Mallory's book here and will check it out now; you are welcome to help me write and watch the article :) regards, dab () 15:20, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

does Mallory give any linguistic reference? All I could find so far is "some linguists speak of Graeco-Armenian". dab () 15:47, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
thanks, I just found Clackson, this should give me sufficient references. dab () 15:59, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Help needed

Hey Eupator, would you be able to help me out by reverting User:-Inanna- on the Adana page? I'm not asking you to get into a dispute, but I was just wondering if you could do me a favor. After that you don't have to revert.

Basically, a bunch of Turkish editors are trying to delete information about the Adana massacre and adding a paragraph about how a large number Turks were killed by Armenians. Of course they haven't cited any neutral sources. --Khoikhoi 08:26, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! --Khoikhoi 15:27, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Orontid Dynasty

It will be a pleasure, Eupator :-) But don't expect two much: my knowledge of Armenian history is modest :-(--Aldux 23:05, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Hi Eupator. I've given a look to the article. As expected, my greatest problem came with understanding which historical facts pertained to which individual called Orontes. This is a problem I've often had in hellenistic history: in Cappadocia all kings calling themselves Ariarathes, in Bithynia Nicomedes, in Pontus Mithridates. This make a slippery work understanding when we have one king, two kings, a fact pertaining to one or the other. This is in general. As for the foundation of the dynasty, and so also the history, it would be more reasonable in my view to start with end of the 5th century BC, as there aren't enough elements to even hypothise a dynasty before. Let me know what you think --Aldux 16:23, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Justin McCarthy

No, he is not a respected scholar, he is pied to deny the Armenian genocide, when I am saying this it is not because he doesn't support my views. He recieved ITS and ARIT grants, which are basically Turkish government grants. He for example lastly was invited in the Turkish National Assembly to advice how to take measures to answer the 'Armenian Question.' BTW, it is very surprising to see that some POV pusher would object the exclusion of the Adana massacre when the Ottoman government recognized it and when they have estimated the numbers of victims to be 15-20 thousand. BTW, even McCarthy doesn't deny the Adana massacre and it is the only instance where it seems to be some agreement between every sides, Shaws and his Turkish wife Ezel Kural too seems to agree with it. More concerning McCarthy, he has been criticized by various specialists, Colin Imber an 'Ottomanologist' one of those still having some dignity, has called the last work of McCarthy: "Junk food, junk bonds and now junk history ... This is a cruel description, but one which is perfectly appropriate for a book which is carelessly written, is often misinformed, and shamelessly follows a Turkish nationalist agenda." (British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Nov., 1999)). This is one example of a critic. If I had time, I would write dozens of pages, because his research is my speciality there. I will cover the critics in the page on Armenian genocide denial I was preparing. Fad (ix) 04:27, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Personal attacks

Hi, I must say that these comments have the potential of being construed as personal attacks. Wikipedia has a policy prohibiting personal attacks and in extreme cases the user making the attacks may be blocked for disruption. Please don't make comments like that again and please adhere to the guideline against attacking new users (whether Lutherian is a genuine new user is still debatable - most new users are unaware of the personal attack intervention noticeboard). --Latinus 17:14, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Checkusers results

Hi, I thought you should know that Lutherian is the same person as the anonymous user under various IPs. His cases was submitted on checkusers and the conclusion was: It is HIGHLY LIKELY that Lutherian is most or all of those IPs. It is UNLIKELY that any of them are Shelby28. Matthew Brown (Morven) (T:C) 20:12, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I did not, I just copypasted what he(who opperate checkusers) concluded. Fad (ix) 22:09, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Wikiproject: Armenia

Hakob and I, decided to make a Wikiproject for Armenia. We hope that you and other Armenian wikipedia editors, will take the time to expand Armenian related articles and create new articles on topics currently without one. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the project and have fun! Here is the link: --Moosh88 01:14, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Armenia History Stubs

Sorry if I caused inconvenience, but the hist-stub section was pretty out of control and I was trying to trim it. Armenia presented a particular problem because it doesn't obviously fall into any of the categories, so with further examination of geographic definitions I decided to file it under Asia. If someone was willing it might be possible to get an armenia-hist-stub (provided there are enough stubs that would fit the bill) which would completely solve the problem. If not, is there a better existing categorization you would suggest? Aelfthrytha 19:12, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

I can't belive you would be satisfied with any stubbing other than Asia - if that were true I could put them under South America. :P Unfortunately there is no such stub for Hellenistic-Roman period in general. Instead there are Ancient-Rome and Ancient-Greece to cover each of those subjects. Another option (which doesn't appeal much to me and I doubt you'd like either) would be to file it under Middle-East history, which pretty much covers everything that has happened in that general area. To me the best categorization would still be 'Asian' (which covers everything east of the Caucasus and Urals with the only subdivisions being for India, China, Japan, and the Middle East) based on geography. Could you tell me more about why you disagree with that so I can understand more? Aelfthrytha 21:01, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
I examined similar issues regarding geographical classification versus cultural classification, with Cyprus as well as Armenia, and I found that in the lists of countries by continent, for example, both of these (as well as some others appeared in both Europe and Asia (Southwest Asia in particular). Because of this, I don't believe it would be inappropriate to stub such articles with both euro-hist-stub and asia-hist-stub. How does this option sound? Aelfthrytha 03:24, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Yerevan Metro

Thanks for the images, do you live in Yerevan? Would it be too much of a problem for you if I was to ask that you upload the images to the commons (so that they can be put here and that you shoot some more for the station articles. --Kuban Cossack 11:40, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Also would you by any chance be able to get hold of an official map and a logo image (preferably in PNG format). Don't worry which language it's in, that we can always alter. --Kuban Cossack 11:42, 1 April 2006 (UTC)


Sedat Laciner is on Wikipedia contributing under two different usernames, please keep and eye on him, as he has already begun his POV pushing campaign. His user name is Slaciner, I don't know the other name he uses. Please contact me if you have any questions or something important comes up, thanks!--Moosh88 23:21, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

RE: Guenter Lewy

It doesn't make any differences if he is a Jew or not, what makes a differences is that he is intellectually dishonnest and fabricated a so-called 'Three pillars' which when taken a closer look are rather the three arguments used by those that attempt to draw a parallel with the Holocaust, his task was to try to discredit them rather. I happen to have read his book about the Gypsies, what he does is to polarise both sufferings(Jews and Gypsies), by supporting the intentionalist thesis for one and the functionalism for the other to dismiss the charges of genocide against the Gypsies. He specifically write in that book that he does not believe that the Gypsies faced genocide. His work about the Gypsies on the other hand, really provide a lot of valuable documentation, but his purpouses was else. He took the same path in his work regarding the Vietnam war, in the second part he nearly totally fill the book with American administration apologistic trash dismissing the accusations of war crimes against Vietnamese civilians. But, it is not only the Armenian and Gypsie genocide he denies, he denies also the destruction of American Indians, in an article for example, he write that what happened to the American Indians was not a crime but rather a conflict between two different cultures. The thing here is not about him being a Jew, but rather that as a person who escaped NAZI Germany and becoming conscient of the horror of NAZI crimes against the Jews, he seem to have become alienated of empathy regarding the suffering of other peoples, even though he claims to the contrary. I won't be surprised that he later publish books denying the genocide in Cambodia or Rwanda, or dismiss the Nanking Massacre to preserve the stigmatised Uniqueness of human sufferings which he consider Jews being the sole possessors of.
Israel Charny recently answered to one of his articles, the answer was edited, which seems to be purpousful as to mislead the readers, which angered him. Fad (ix) 18:34, 9 April 2006 (UTC)

Ivan Lazarev

Hello, I just noticed your article about this guy. You know, he was not the only notable person from the Lazarev family. If you know Russian, take a look here. Hopefully you will find time to write about others as well. --Ghirla -трёп- 13:42, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

There is quite a lot online about Suvorov's Armenian roots: [2], [3], [4]. If you need anything else, just ask. --Ghirla -трёп- 14:07, 11 April 2006 (UTC)


Its a difficult thing to find out if he was serving the interests of the USSR or for Armenia, I think the only way we can know that was is if he wrote that down in personal memoirs or if we could read his mind. However, I think its interesting that after the war he was the one tasked the job to be the commander to invade the Turkey to take back Kars and Ardahan, not someone else who was more qualified, like Chuikov or Zhukov and of course, faced the prospect of seeing his homeland be devoured by the fascists. My mother always described him as a man who cared about Armenia, even though they were living in the Soviet Union. My grandfather spoke very highly of him also as he was briefly under his command in the 1944 Baltic campaign.

I'm not sure if his service in the Red Army was a sign of indignation towards the Armenians. The Dashnaks at that time were not viewed too pleasantly, neither by the Russians or the European nations. And of course there were many people who were fed up with capitalism and were entranced by the Lenin's convuluted form of Marxism. (remember the "Bread, land, peace" campaign) The country was on the fringe of falling to the Turks and I suppose he backed the Reds to expedite the transformation into a socialist state. Again, these are my theories so I'm unable to come up with solid reasons to explain his actions. --MarshallBagramyan 22:55, 11 April 2006 (UTC)


Hey thanks ! I'll try to create more articles and add more information to existing articles. -- XylyX | (talk) 04:08, 12 April 2006 (UTC)


Hi Eupator. I noticed you posted a note about the Bagratid Dynasties page at WP:AM. Could you please remove "is under constant attack by Georgian chauvinists and fascists"? This is considered a personal attack and is therefore inappropiate. Thank you. —Khoikhoi 16:13, 21 April 2006 (UTC)

Yerevan locator map

Hi, the locator map is still on Wikipedia at Image:ArmeniaYerevan.png, it's just named differently from the others. --Aramգուտանգ 18:57, 21 April 2006 (UTC)


First of all, thank You for writing the article about Khachatur Abovian. Also thanks for the invitation to register, alas I have far to little time to do any significant editing on wikipedia (not to mention the fact that just fending of the trolls this place is literally infested with would be a full time job). Never the less I shall stick around and try to contribute something from time to time. -- 20:20, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

Regarding Armenians and their relationships with neighbors

Hello. Okay, I'm not really sure what other criteria is necessary to denote a related people. The majority of Armenians are from the region so what's the problem? Also, there is no real relationship with the Greeks. They live far away and there are no records of massive Greek colonies or the like. At the very least, we should still include that there is a relationship with the Caucasus OR simply remove the reference to the Greeks which is really pretty much unsubstantiated. This isn't about the political problems between Armenia and Azerbaijan is it? I'm not taking sides or trying to denigrate anyone, but the MANY different tests taken all seem to come back with the same results that support that the Armenians are native to the region (as are their neighbors) and their language comes to them possibly through linguistic replacement. We need not go there as that still constitutes original research, BUT we can mention that they are related as even using common sense and the historical record we know that people living next door to each other inevitably intermingle. There isn't an instance on earth where that isn't the case. Tombseye 02:47, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

Hello. Yes, I know about the classical stories about the Armenians and their Indo-European language is undeniable. Mostly what I was talking about is that most of the mainstream genetic studies I've seen go by degrees. By that I mean that they show a closer relationship with the Caucasus followed by Eastern Europe, Southwest Asia etc. All of that aside, I'm not trying to be adamant or press the issue as I realize that even if you and I agree others may not and will edit out the relationship with the Caucasus. Personally though, I would think this gives the Armenians a right to claim to be natives of the region and not invaders, but at any rate I think, if you agree, we can try out just the Hamshemis and Peoples of the Caucasus and if it ends up being edited out over and over again, then just stick with Hamshemis. Although it's a shame that we'd have to act as if the Armenians are somehow alone in the world in terms of relationships with other peoples. Mostly, I think there is a strong chance that an Indo-European group conquered a Caucasian people who adopted the Armenian language and then over time other invaders came and only slightly altered this earlier group. The same may apply to numerous other groups who speak Indo-European languages in many cases. The Kalmyks, I don't think people will confuse with the rest of the region, at least I hope not. :) Anyway, I think the only problem is that Greeks who are difficult to connect here, but I do understand the Pontian Greek situation (just had a discussion about it today on the Greeks page). Realistically, the Armenians are probably related to both their bitter enemies (the Turks and Azeris) just due to the conversion of Armenians to Islam and local proximity as well as with the Georgians (where many Armenians also moved to), the Russians, Persians, Lebanese etc. I wouldn't mind listing all of the above, but that might prove very problematic. Cheers. Tombseye 03:35, 1 May 2006 (UTC)
Not really my theory regarding language replacement. I think, if we can add information that supports other views, we can re-add other related peoples to the Armenians or just leave it at Hamshemis if it's too controversial. Tombseye 21:55, 2 May 2006 (UTC)


Hi, please keep an eye on the Ardahan page, they're trying to remove the Armenian name, calling it "Armenian Vadalism." —Khoikhoi 17:28, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

Re: Cilicia map

Hey Eupator, I would be more than happy to make a map of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. However, I cannot make it until this weekend. -- Clevelander 02:29, 4 May 2006 (UTC)


Hi, you may want to beware the 3RR at Adana. And don't feed the trolls ;-) Telex 15:54, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

Don't revert on Adana until after the 3RR block has been placed. Telex 16:09, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

Hey there

Long time, no talk. I was wondering if you could check out my latest article that I'm working on and give your input. Thanks. Hakob 07:01, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

Andre Agassi

Hi, what is misleading about saying his father is Iranian when he indeed is Iranian? Armenians in Iran are just as Iranian as any other group in Iran and since it mentions he is of Armenian and Assyrian ethnicity later in the article i don't see the problem. My only concern was by simply calling him "Iranian-Armenian", we are leaving out his Assyrian side. George McFly 17:02, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

The source is listed in the article under the Ethnicity section George McFly 00:03, 7 May 2006 (UTC)
Well I think the source is as credible as the one you provided. But just read what I wrote on the Talk:Andre_Agassi page and if you like it, then just change it to something like that George McFly 15:55, 7 May 2006 (UTC)


Hi, you recently uploaded Image:Trdatrome.gif but there's two more things you need to do to keep it safely on Wikipedia (images that don't go through these steps tend to end up being deleted). You need to say specifically where you got the picture - if you made it yourself and are releasing the rights, say so; if you loaded it from the web, you need to give the URL address. You also need to explain why it's actually PD - the tag {{PD}} is no longer used because it doesn't give enough information. You need to say whether, e.g., it was a work of the U.S. federal govenment, or it is 70 years since the creator died, or it was published in the USA in 1922 or earlier. Once you do that, the image will be nice and safe! TheGrappler 09:59, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Unfortunately there is a forest of copyright template tags! There is one to cover this situation, in fact. {{PD-US}} is used to cover U.S. works that have fallen into the public domain through copyright expiration in that country. Usually this means pre-1923 works, but not exclusively. Basically you need to put these three things onto your image page: the PD-US tag, the exact URL where you downloaded the picture from, and the copyright disclaimer you gave me in your talk page. Once that is included, your picture will be safe as houses: if inadequate source or copyright information is given, images here tend to vanish off the face of the 'Pedia, so it's worth taking care to jump through the hoops. However: Wikipedia isn't really the place to upload public domain images, it's a hangover from the days before Commons. Have you considered getting an account on the Commons: and uploading images from that source there instead? That will allow them to be used in other Wikipedias as well as the English one. The reason file uploads are still allowed on the English Wikipedia is that this Wikipedia accepts "fair use" images, which Commons and many other language Wikipedias don't - if something is PD the best place to put it is definitely Commons (you would still use the same template copyright tag and copyright explanation too). If you re-uploaded all your PD files to Commons, then you can take the Wikipedia copies to WP:IFD and get them deleted. TheGrappler 19:56, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

С Праздником!


--Kuban Cossack Flag of the Russian Empire (black-yellow-white).svg 00:53, 9 May 2006 (UTC)


Hey Eupator,

Baku87 has been going around changing all instances of a discription of Armenian control in NK to "occupation" (check his contributions, pages such as Lachin and Khojali). Can you please help me out here? The more neutral term is control. Thank you. Khoikhoi 18:47, 11 May 2006 (UTC)


Would you upload your photos in Wikimedia Commons please? Thank's

--Metronick 22:51, 15 May 2006 (UTC)


My dear protegé Eupator (so Lutherian says), if you didn't just violate the three-revert rule on Armenian Genocide, you certainly will the next time. As Lutherian has probably also done so, I will not report anyone, which I usually do. Also, some of your edit summaries are close to being (or are) personal attacks on Lutherian, troll and sockpuppeteer or not. Please avoid such attacks as they help no-one. Best regards. Angus McLellan (Talk) 20:29, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

You're only exempt from the 3RR for obvious vandalism, such as adding "fuck you" into an article. What Lutherian was doing is considered a content dispute. However, with the page now protected, it doesn't really matter anymore. Ts'tesutyun. —Khoikhoi 00:13, 17 May 2006 (UTC)


waaahhhh waaaaahhhh waaaahhhhhh! LOL Lutherian 05:49, 18 May 2006 (UTC)