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Armenians of Iraq
Armenians of Iraq

Author(s): Seda D. Ohanian
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Politics, Geography, Regional studies, Security and defense, Other Christian Denominations, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Iraq; Armenians; minorities; security; migration;
Summary/Abstract: Armenians have been living in Mesopotamia – modern Iraq – from times immemorial. According to Herodotus, the Hellenic father of history, Armenians used to travel, long before the Christian era, from Armenia to Nineveh and Babylon over the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, importing, by means of round rafts, Armenian wines, dried fruits, fine horses, wheat, nuts and many other products. Historical accounts indicate that Tigranes the Great (king of Armenia during the Artaxiad dynasty from 190 BC to AD 12) defeated enemy armies of several countries, who endangered Armenia’s security. Amongst these countries, he subdued Adiabene (Mosul) in 83 BC, which allowed Armenians to travel from the Armenian highlands to Mesopotamia, reaching as far as Basra and further down the Persian Gulf to the Far East.

  • Page Range: 151-164
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: English