|previous article in this issue||next article in this issue|
Document Details :
Title: Observations on Dynastic Continuity in the Kingdom of Urartu
Author(s): AYVAZIAN, Alina
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40 Date: 2005
I would like to talk about two instances when the direct line of succession of the “Tushpa” dynasty in Urartu may have been interrupted. By this I mean to say that even if the crown did not go to the legitimate heir to the throne, it still most likely stayed within the extended circle of the Urartian royal family. I will start this discourse in reverse chronological order, and first present you with the case of Rusa I. My preference for this approach stems from the amount of research that has been done on this specific topic. Since the possible usurpation of the throne by Rusa I has been discussed extensively by both linguists and historians, we will quickly look over the details of this well known case. We will then return to an earlier point in Urartian history in order to look at the succession of events that led to the accession of Argishti I.