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KRONOS Vol. I, Issue 3
EASTERN ANATOLIA AND VELIKOVSKY'S CHRONOLOGICAL
It need hardly surprise us that the Greeks, who could turn Ashurbanipal into Sardanapalus, should be able to render Mattiwaza as Modakes. In any case, the combined reigns of these four sovereigns — if their names be, indeed, cognate — could possibly bridge the gap of 121 years between Shattuara II, the last known Mitannian sovereign, and Daiukku, the earliest known King of the Medes.(18)
Obviously the Mitannian Empire was destroyed but, according to Velikovsky, not in 1365, but rather in c.865. After this, the Mitannians, if they actually ever did live on the south central slopes of the Armenian Plateau, could have moved further East where the Assyrians would refer to them as the Mada thirty years later. They then could have entered upon a period of political eclipse (possibly under a line of native rulers, whose names may be those preserved for us by Moses of Khoren), down to Daiukku, his successors, and the resurgence of Mitanni as the Median Empire. Thus, we see that the chronology of Velikovsky presents no real problem for Median history. The end of Mitanni would virtually correspond with the first appearance of the Medes. The earlier obscurity of the latter is accounted for by the destruction of the earlier Median Empire of Mitanni, while the Indo-European ruling class of Hurrian speaking Mitanni could also be explained: the Mitannians would be Indo-European-speaking Medes who doubtless used Hurrian as a literary language much as the later Armenians were to use Aramaic and Greek for centuries prior to the invention of the Armenian alphabet in the fifth century A.D.(19)
Returning to the Hurrians, now, I must say that, while I maintain an open mind upon the subject, I cannot yet accept Velikovsky's identification of them with the Carians. In my opinion, the importance of the Hurrians does not correspond to the relative unimportance of the Carians who, whatever the extent of their migrations, could hardly have been numerous enough to have made such a profound impression upon the Middle Eastern scene. Rather, I tend to agree with Soviet specialists and with Burney(20) in that the Hurrians are to be identified with the people of the Armenian Plateau who produced the unified culture already referred to, which characterized these regions from c.3250 to 1750 and in some places to c.1500 B.C. (conventional chronology).
Archaeology demonstrates that sometime in the late second millennium and the early first millennium, this transcaucasian eneolithic culture gradually broke up and, using Velikovsky's chronology, it is in this period that Mitanni appears. This state, as I have already indicated, I believe to have been a basically Indo-European polity. It may have been formed over a predominately Hurrian population, however, but only in the southern Hurrian lands, for the existence of more than one Hurrian political formation appears clear in this period and Mitanni never to our knowledge dominated the Armenian Plateau. Now, as the Hurrians disappear at the same time as the Mitannians — c.1365 according to the conventional chronology but c. 865 according to Velikovsky — we must examine this region of Eastern Anatolia and the Armenian Plateau in the light of this new chronology.
And what do we find? According to Velikovsky's chronology the Hurrians would disappear in c. 865, while, in c.860 — five years later — we first hear in Assyrian records of Aramu, king of a state first called in Assyrian Uruatri and then Urartu.(21) This state was a federation of smaller states and peoples of the Armenian Plateau welded together through the arms of the Kings of Biaina.(22) The history of this Urartian federation and of its long struggle with Assyria is rather well known thanks to its copious inscriptions, and these enable us to determine that its language was closely akin to Hurrian. Indeed, Burney, one of the few western authorities on Urartu, states "the Urartian language was closely related to Hurrian, so much so that, whatever the reservations of some philologists, it may legitimately be described as latter-day Hurrian." (23)
Now using the conventional chronology, archaeology has discovered that one of those ubiquitous dark ages exists on the Armenian Plateau between the disappearance of the Hurrians and the emergence of the Urartian state, a period which Burney describes as somewhere between six to ten centuries in duration.(24) According to Velikovsky's chronology, Burney exaggerates. The imaginary gap would be somewhere between seven and eight centuries and would not represent any dark age. Rather, its presence would be due to the inaccuracies of the traditional chronology. Since the dates of the Hurrians and Mitannians are bound to those of the so-called Hittites, and the date of the Hittites is bound to what Velikovsky considers the erroneous chronology of Egypt, these dates, he feels have led to the unnatural separation of the Hurrians and the Urartians by perhaps as much as 700 to 800 years. The Urartian federation would thus be nothing more than a new Hurrian formation which arose immediately following, and perhaps because of, the destruction of Mitanni in the ninth century B.C. The traditional and incessant hostility between the Urartians and the Assyrians may well have begun as a result of the Assyrian role in the destruction of Mitanni. (25)
Now, I mentioned earlier that Velikovsky notes that the Urartians were called Khaldu and that Chaldeans were encountered by Xenophon on his march through Armenia in 401-400 B.C. Actually the term Chaldean for the Urartians is an arbitrary one adopted by Lehmann-Haupt, who, since the Assyrians were called after their chief god, Ashur, patterned the name of the Urartians after their chief god, Khaldis, and who believed that the Chaldeans encountered by Xenophon 200 years after the fall of Urartu were surviving Urartians under their native name. (26) We know now, however, that the Chaldeans of the Armenian Plateau were only one component of the Urartian federation, which actually called itself Biainili.(27) Thus, while Velikovsky errs in thinking the Chaldeans to be Urartians, he is possibly correct in thinking them to have been remnants of the Neo-Babylonian or Chaldean state which he identifies with the "Hittite" Empire of central Anatolia.
The chronological revisions of Velikovsky affect the lesser peoples of eastern Anatolia as well. North of the Hittites lived the war-like Kashka tribes. First cited, in the conventional chronology, in c.1350 B.C., Velikovsky's revisions would make them actually appear in c.850 B.C. Since the Kashka are believed to be identical to the Qulha of eighth century Urartian sources, the new chronology closes the gap of over 500 years which the traditional chronology places between the Kashka and the Qulha. Since the Qulha are one of the peoples who went into the blend which produced the later Georgian people of Caucasia, the exact date of their first appearance is of some import for our understanding of the formation of Colchis, the earliest Georgian political entity.(28)
Finally, there is one other people whose traditional date is bound to that of the Hittites and thus to the traditional chronology of Egypt. These are the Hayasa, a people who traditionally flourished in the fourteenth century B.C. but, according to Velikovsky, in the ninth. Since the Armenians call themselves Hayk' (singular Hay), it has usually been accepted that, while Herodotus (7.73) calls them simply a Phrygian colony, they were probably an amalgamation of an Indo-European-speaking Phrygian tribe with the local, perhaps Hurrian-speaking, Hayasa. The only problem was the chronology. The Armenians first appear in the sixth century B.C., whereas the Hayasa were thought to have flourished in the fourteenth. Velikovsky's chronology reduces this gap by over 600 years and the link between the Hayasa and the Hayk'/Armenians becomes more secure.
In conclusion, let me note that none of the evidence which I have gathered in this paper can be interpreted as proof of the exactness of Velikovsky's chronological revisions. Rather, I have merely attempted to apply his theses to a particular part of the ancient East. I have tried to demonstrate that nothing he has to say presents any undue difficulties for this field but rather tends to simplify and clarify the history of the area. While this does not make Velikovsky correct, it certainly gives us pause. I cannot but urge all specialists to address themselves without prejudice to an investigation of their own areas of interest and expertise in the light of Dr. Velikovsky's work. If ancient history stands in need of being rewritten, so be it. It will not be the first time. Perhaps we should at least attempt to determine if it is necessary for us to begin.
REFERENCES AND NOTES
1. For a full presentation of Velikovsky's chronological revisions cf.
his "Theses for the Reconstruction of Ancient History" in Scripta Academica
Hierosolymitana (Jerusalem, 1945) where his basic ideas are presented in 284
separate theses. His Ages in Chaos (New York, 1952) represents the
first of several projected volumes in which he supplies the detailed
evidence and supporting documentation for each thesis.
2. For the traditional views regarding the early history of eastern Anatolia, Caucasia and the Armenian plateau cf. the bibliographical note at the end of this study.
3. Thesis 2. Velikovsky's chronological revision requires more than a single alteration
in the conventional dating of ancient history. Thus, for example, he considers the 18th Egyptian dynasty to be placed c. 540 years too far into the Past, the 19th nearly 700 years, and the 20th nearly 800. For this reason no uniform revisional dates can be set for the events in the histories of other nations when Velikovsky's chronology is applied.
4. Theses 182 183.
5. Thesis 190
6. Theses 94-97.
7. This last point is not found among Velikovsky's Theses but is advanced on p. 181 of the unpublished galleys of Ages in Chaos vol. II.
8. Goetze 62-63, Hronzy 164-166.
9. Burney and Lang, 46-48.
10. Associated with Mitanni is the name Subartu, used by the Assyrians for the region where Mitanni was supposedly located, so much so that the terms Mitannian, Subarean and even Hurrian are often regarded as synonymous, (e.g. by Toumanoff, Studies, 51 n. 44 where he states "The cosmocratic title 'King of All' appears to have originated among the Hurrians-Subareans. It was from them that this title . . . was inherited by the Assyrians, as masters of the once-Hurrian territory; as also by the Urartians, as holders of a part — a token part — of that territory. This token territory must have been the once-Hurnan land of Subria/Supria, its name a derivative of 'Subartu', and 'Sura' must thus be regarded as a mere variant of that anme. Accordingly, 'King of Sura' in Urartian appears to have signified simply 'King of Subartu', and that was an alternative for the Hurrian cosmocratic title which the Assyrians rendered as sar kissati." The Subareans appear in the classical period as the Saspeires (Herodotus, 3.94) and also as Sapeires, Sabiri and Esperitse. Toumanoff (61, n. 58) considers them a remnant of the "Subareans or Hurrians" and (321, n. 76) relates their name to the Armenian principality Sper (classical: Sysperitis cf. Strabo 11.4.8, 11.14.12). It is interesting to note in this connection that in Herodotus (ibid.) the Saspeires are included with the Matienians and the Alarodians (i.e. Urartan remnants) in 18th satrapy of the Achaemenian Empire of Iran.
11. Speiser, World History of the Jewish People, 154-5; Moscati, 198 ff.
12. Theses, 94-96.
13. Bork, in Die Sprache der Karen, quoted by Velikovsky Ages in Chaos (unpublished vol. II, p. 201).
14. Moscati, 198.
15. Burney and Lang, 122.
16. Ibid., 155.
17. Moses of Khoren, History of Armenia I. 22 (cf. Moise de Chorene Histoire d'Armenie in Collection des historiens aneiens et modernes de l'Armenie II, ed. by V. Langlois, Paris 1860, where, however, the name of Sosarmos has been omitted).
18. If it appears difficult to span a gap of 121 years with only four sovereigns, it should be kept in mind that, had Edward VIII not abdicated, the English throne would have been occupied by only four rulers from 1837 to 1972, while the French throne was occupied by only three from 1643 to 1792 — 149 years!
19. The survival of the form Matiene/Mantiane in Herodotus (3.94) and other classical authors is doubtless due to the survival of the name Mitanni in the non-Indo-European languages of Mesopotamia and Iran in the Achaemenian Persian period and later. Note that Herodotus (I.72) mentions Matieni along the right bank of the Halys River (Kizil Irmak) in Central Anatolia which is to be expected if the Matieni were the Medes for the Halys was the limit of Median expansion in the West. The name Subartu also survived. Associated by specialists quite arbitrarily with Mitanni, it appears in the classical period as the name of a people called Saspeires (Herodotus, 3.94) or Sapeires (Apollonius of Rhodes II, 395) on the Armenian Plateau who gave their name to the Armenian town and district of Sper, Gk. Syspiritis (Strabo, XI.14.12); Tk. Ispir. This people may have been a Hurrian tribe and may have represented the Hurrian element in the Indo-European Mitannian (proto-Median) Empire.
20. Burney, 49-50.
21. Ibid., 130.
22. Toumanoff. 50.
23, Burney, 48.
24. Ibid., 127.
25. Adontz, Histoire, 375,
26. Lehmann-Haupt, quoted by Toumanoff, 54, n. 49.
27. Toumanoff, 50.
28. The idea that the Kashka are indeed the Qulha of Urartian sources is largely a question of whether or not one accepts the linguistic theories which support the idea of a shift from sh < 1 and lmgulsts are divided on the matter. The relationship between the Qulha and the Colchians, however, seems unquestionable.
29. For the Hayasa cf. especially Adontz, Histoire p. 27 ff.
30. Even a cursory glance at the conventional history of the regions discussed in this study gives ample reason to question its validity. Thus, while the Transcaucasian eneolithic culture is said to have lasted from c. 3250 to c. 2000 B.C. and the "Hittites" are believed to have entered Anatolia from north of the Caucasus range, Burney notes (p. 47) that no evidence of their passage (such as an abrupt disconnection of the material culture) is detectable in the highland zone. Likewise he notes (p. 86) that most of eastern Anatolia languishes in obscurity from c. 2000 B.C. until the ninth century and that there is a definite decline (i.e. absence) of settled life on the Plateau especially in the regions of Van Erzerum and Elazig. In addition Burney notes (P. 89) the extraordinary length of the period (over 1000 years) during which the Cyclopean fortresses were being raised on the western shores of Lake Sevan. Velikovsky's chronology reduces this period by half Again, on p. 93, he notes that the Colchidic culture of western Georgia lasted from c. 1800 B.C. until the seventh century B.C. which he calls a "very long period." Again Velikovsky's chronology cuts this "very long period" almost in half. Finally, on p. 105 Burney notes that specialists date the cemetery at Redkin Lager (in Soviet Armenia) to somewhere between 1300-1000 B.C. to several centuries later, while important sites, such as Armarir and Garni, appear to have lain abandoned in the Period 2000-900 B.C. Both of these last discrepancies suggest strong possibility of chronological error rather than an actual hiatus in occupancy. AlI of these curious findings and minor problems are either eliminated or greatly alleviated through the application of Velikovsky's revised chronology
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