ON SOME TRANSEUPHRATIAN TRIBES OR PEOPLES IN REGARD TO THE ARMENIAN ETHNOGENESIS
Extracted from Gr.Kapantsyan, Hayasa - the Cradle of the Armenians, Yerevan, 1947, p.128-146 (in Russian).
The monograph of Gr.Kapantsyan, the renowned Armenologist of the XX century is devoted to the problem of Armenian ethnogenesis. The author discusses a wide spectrum of issues of early Armenian history based on ancient cuneiform texts (Hittite, Assyrian, Hurrian, and Urartian), studies of Classical Greek historians, Armenian medieval and later sources.
In the extracted passage Gr.Kapantsyan discusses the names and possible affiliation of several tribes attested in ancient sources which tentatively are located by scholars in the western and north-western parts of the Armenian Highland. According to the author, later these ethnic elements were Armenianized and had left their names in the toponymy and onomastics of the Armenian Highland.
Gr.Kapantsyan’s study is one of the first attempts made by scholars on the issue under discussion. Some statements as well as references to sources might be argued under the light of modern scholarship. Anyway, Gr.Kapantsyan’s some of his ideas became pioneering for the study of early Armenian statehood, ethnic history and related problems.
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