THE CONCEPTION OF C. F. LEHMAN-HAUPT ON THE FORMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF VAN
The first cuneiform inscription in Assyrian about the construction activities in the city of Van belongs to the king of the kingdom of Van, Sarduri. Based on the present inscription, some of the researchers considered him the founder of the capital city Tushpa-Van, as well as the one (separated from the royal dynasty of Arame) who founded both new capital and royal dynasty . If, formerly, the period of Sarduri’s reign was indubitably dated after Arame, circa 845-825 BC, now the researchers are not of the same view concerning the circumstances and period of both Arame and Sarduri’s reign and, consequently, the matter of dating the events of the early period of the land of Biaina. The first to offer his own hypotheses in the historiography on the abovementioned tangle was prominent German Armenologist, orientalist K. F. Lehman-Haupt.
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