ISSN 1829-4618

ON THE ISSUE OF THE CENTER OF SATRAPIC ARMENIA

By: Hovhannes Khorikyan, Doctor in History
Mikael Nalbandyan, State pedagogical university, Gyumri

In the period of Achaemenid domination the issue of the center of Satrapic Armenia continues to be a controversial issue even nowadays. Recent studies have shown that during VI-IV BC Armenia was not divided into two Satrapies - the XIII and the XVIII. The XIII satrapy corresponded to Armenia, and the XVIII satrapy was located between the Greater Caucasus and the River Kura).

In the article we have demonstrated that the administrative center (capital city) of Satrapic Armenia was the city of Van, which was probably also one of the residences of the Achaemenid "Great kings". As to Armavir being the center of the satrapy, after 331 BC it again became the military-political center of the independent Armenian State.

Armavir had as vital economic importance for Satrapic Armenia like that of Susa for Achaemenids.

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