There Was No Collapse of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu)

There Was No Collapse

On this high relief, the first king from the dynasty of Yervanduni Yervand I Sakavakyats (“short staying” due to his short reign) protects his son Tigran, and a warrior protects the king himself from the attack of the son-in-law of Nebuchadnezzar Nergal Sarasar.

No such thing as the fall of Kingdom of Van (Urartu) has happened, as evidenced by Nergal Sarasar’s record of the Armenian-Assyrian war. There simply was a transfer of the throne from one Armenian dynasty to another. Nergal Sarasar’s entry, dating back to 560 BC, is kept in the Louvre Museum.

Sukias Torosyan




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