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Iga (Kingdom)

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Igā(KURi-GA, KURi-ga) is an Iron Age kingdom in northern Anatolia known from inscriptions of the Urartian kings Argišti I and Sarduri II. Its capital was Maqaltū, which Diakonov assumes was located at Taşköprü near the southwestern shore of Lake Çıldır.[1] According to the Horhor inscription of Argišti (2nd regnal year), it was located near Eriaḫi and Kuriani. The Taşköprü inscription of Sarduri II tells of the campaign against the capital Maqaltū and of the fortification of the land of Uḫimeali.

König and Diakonov assume that Igā is possibly identical with Ijā, which is also known from the Horhor inscription of Argišti I.[2] A change from g to j is more often observed in Urartian.[3] There are no clues as to the location of Ijā, except that it was near Erateli.

Ruler

  • Kapuru(ni) at the time of Sarduri[4]

Literature

  • Н. В. Арутюнян, Корпус уратсқих қлинообразных надписеӣ. Ереван, Гитутюн 2001, 503.
  • M. Diakonoff, S, M. Kashkai, Répertoire Géographique des textes cuneiformes. 9. Geographical names according to Urartian texts (Wiesbaden 1981), 26

Individual references

  1. I. M. Diakonoff, S, M. Kashkai, Répertoire Géographique des textes cuneiformes. 9. Geographical names according to Urartian texts (Wiesbaden 1981), 43
  2. Г.А. Меликишвили, Урартские клинообразные надписи. Москва: Издательство АН СССР, 1960, no. 127, Friedrich Wilhelm König: Handbuch der chaldischen Inschriften. Archiv für Orientforschung. Supplement 8. Graz 1955, no. 80
  3. Н. В. Арутюнян, Корпус уратсқих қлинообразных надписеӣ. Ереван, Гитутюн 2001, 509
  4. Н. В. Арутюнян, Корпус уратсқих қлинообразных надписеӣ. Ереван, Гитутюн 2001, 241 F7