ON THE PROBLEM OF THE SUCCESSION OF THE BIAINIAN KINGS OF THE ARARAT (URARTU) KINGDOM IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 8th - THE FIRST HALF OF THE 7th CENTURY B.C.
The chronology of the succession of the Biainian kings of the second half of the 8th – the first half of the 7th century B.C. has its gravity in the circle of the research problems on the Ararat (Urartu)-Van Kingdom history. According to the previously existing viewpoint in historiography “the end of the chronology” of the reign of the kings of the Kingdom of Van reaches the years of the Mеdian-Lydian war – 590-585BC, connecting it to the conquest of the Kingdom of Van by the Medians. Nevertheless, a number of questions, especially concerning the reign of the last kings of the Kingdom of Van still remain debatable. Particularly problematic are the interpretations concerning the reign and chronology of Sarduri III, Sarduri IV, Erimena, Rusa III and Rusa IV who supposedly succeeded Rusa II and are known from the inscriptions of the Ararat (Biainian) kingdom.
For the preservation and development of the Armenian statehood as regards the political developments of the 7th century BC,, the contribution of Skayordi Haykazun and especially his son Paruyr Haykazun was important in the struggle against Assyria together with Media and Babylon, which ended with the fall of Nineveh in 612 BC and the recognition of Paruyr Haykazun as the Armenian king.
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