THE ROYAL AND PRINCELY HOUSES OF PROPER ALBANIA AND EASTERN REGIONS OF ARMENIA FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE 13TH CENTURY (HISTORICAL AND SOURCE STUDY EXAMINATION), Yerevan, 2020 By Alexan Hakobyan
Yerevan, 2020, “Gitutyun” Publishing House. - 440p.
The monograph of A. Hakobyan is an attempt to study the royal and princely houses of Proper Albania and Eastern regions of Armenia from antiquity to the 13th century.
Proper Albanian Lezgian-speaking tribes (according to Strabo - 26 of them) who live on the left bank of the River Kura created a united kingdom only at the very beginning of the 1st century BC. Apparently, its governing family line was actually ethnically Albanian.
The eastern, coastal half of the Albanian kingdom had been separated from it in the first half of the 3rd century AD where the kingdoms of Masquts, Balasakan, etc. came into existence. Thereafter, the sources stop calling the inhabitants of these areas as “Albanians”, which leads the author to the conclusion that the process of consolidation of proper Albanian tribes in a single kingdom was not yet completed and the term “Albanians” continued to be a collective name, describing only meta-ethnic community, which united the entire population of this administrative-territorial unit as an exonym.
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