RE: [ANE-2] Kurds
- The identification of Kurds in antiquity can be problematic. The
Kardukkoi of Herodotus' are an obvious example that seems to work, but
how we are to apply this to other groups and times is not clear. It is
basically a question of how do you identify a Kurd. In modern times
self-identification in an ethnic group is the basic standard. Thus even
if you have been raised in the US or Europe and don't really speak
Kurdish but an ancestor was a Kurd and you call yourself a Kurd, you are
a Kurd. In antiquity we are limited to written records, so that remains
our only "document" to identify Kurds. In addition, most of the written
records were produced by non-Kurdish peoples so we have to be wary of
ethnic terms that were used in ways differing from the present. Just
keep in mind the identity of modern Gypsies (Roma). They came from
neither Egypt nor Rome but you couldn't tell that from the names that
others give them.
Sorry not be able to offer a clearer answer, but at least you have some
caveats to apply to what you find.
PS Forgot to add that the actual date of an "ancient" account may be
later than the event it describes. Another layer of complications.
From: ANEemail@example.com [mailto:ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2009 1:28 PM
Subject: [ANE-2] Kurds
As a matter of curiosity, has anyone written a respected history of the
ancient Kurds- especially their relationship with the Armenians (if
there was a relationship). I assume Tigranes the Great was allied with
the Kurds, for example. Thank you
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--- In ANEemail@example.com, "Trudy Kawami" <tkawami@...> wrote:
Thank you Trudy Kawami. That was about as far as I was able to get -
well, close to it. It is sad that we know so little about this area of
the world in the pre-Roman period. Thank you for you help.