One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the ancient kingdom of Urartu in eastern Anatolia (c.1500–585 BC).
- ‘The skill of Urartian craftspeople is manifest in Van museum exhibits: terracotta figures, ornate bronze belts and some very covetable gold jewellery.’
- ‘The city has existed for at least 5,000 years and saw successive periods of Urartian, Assyrian and Persian rule before succumbing to Alexander the Great.’
1A native or inhabitant of ancient Urartu.
- ‘On display were many inscriptions in the cuneiform language which the Urartians borrowed from the Assyrians.’
- ‘The Urartians used highly developed techniques of irrigation and construction of fortified cities.’
- ‘It is generally agreed that the Urartians arose from the Hurrians and employed a language similar to Hurrian.’
- ‘Contemporary accounts show a series of attacks and counter-attacks between the Urartians and local kingdoms.’
- ‘This explains to us that Urartians like Hittites had people form various stocks.’
- ‘These perches with huge vistas were just the sort of place the Urartians favoured for their strongholds.’
- ‘She rightly concludes, ‘despite their geographical position and their entanglement with Assyrians, Urartians, Persians, Arabs, and Turks, both ancient and early medieval Armenians have a European significance.’’
- ‘The Urartians, who had to adjust to harsh natural conditions, were successful in agriculture and animal husbandry.’
- ‘The ways in which the Urartians built and governed their state are shown in the present volume.’
- ‘The earliest Armenian history was related to the Hittites and the Urartians as well as with the peoples of Mesopotamia.’
- ‘Eventually, the Urartians were decimated when nomadic tribes came through the Caucasian passes in the north and wiped the Urartian cities off the map.’
- ‘This impression is created by simply tacking the history of the Urartians onto that of the Haik.’
- ‘Urartu (or Bianili as the Urartians called it) had a different culture and language from Armenians.’
2mass noun The language of Urartu, related to Hurrian.
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