An Armenian hero

“We would like to draw our readers’ attention to an important point which has been generally overlooked by those who specialize in the ancient history of the Armenian people. A careful study of the map will show that the vast expanses of land in the south which Tigran The Great annexed to his Kingdom are almost the same as those territories that formerly comprised the countries of Subartu and Mitanni.

The same can be said for his western expansions; they, too, coincide with those regions which were inhabited by Armenians and which in the second and first millenniums B.C. were called Hayasa, Pahhuwa, Suhmu, Tegarama, Isuwa, Anzitene, Alzi, Dzopk, Komagene, etc.; in other words, Bartzr Hayk (Higher Hayk), Pokr Hayk (Lesser Hayk), or, as Movses Khorenatsi states, First Hayk, Second Hayk, Third Hayk, and Fourth Hayk.

The conclusion is, therefore, Tigran The Great was not an aggressor occupying foreign lands, but a great national hero who reunited the traditional Subarian-Mitannian-Armenian lands into his kingdom.

In this connection we would like to present here, for comparison, some of characteristic features of the seal of Saussatar, king of Mitanni ( 1450 B.C.) and those of Tigran the Great’s crown.

On the seal of the king od Mitanni we see the winged solar disc with an eagle and lion on each side, which symbolize in mythology the deity of the sun and fire. The same features appear on Tigran’s crown, with the same solar disc and the two eagles, one on each side, and the crown itself shaped at the top like spikes representing the rays of the sun.”

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