Talk:Aratti theory

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The "Aratti" people seem to be an invention of Jahanshah Derakhshani http://www.int-pub-iran.com/ipis07.htm without even the notability to be debunked anywhere else on the net. dab () 11:40, 6 Feb 2005 (UTC)

The Aratti people are traced and documented by the Iranian historian Jahanshah Derakhshani. They were the inhabitants of the country Aratta attested in the Sumerian sources of the 3rd millennium BC and located in Eastern Iran (Derakhshani, Die Arier in den nahöstlichen Quellen des 3. und 2. Jahrtausends v.Chr., Tehran 1998, p. 41). According to Herodotus, the Persians were called also Artaioi = Artaians (Herodotus VII, 61. 150). Indeed, already prior to Herodotus, Artaioi was interpreted as a Persian ethnonym. Hellanicus described them as the inhabitants of a Persian region called Artaia (Fr. cited from Marquart 1986,Untersuchungen zur Geschichte von Eran I: 234).

In my Herodotus-edition (German translation by Horneffer, 1971, ISBN 3-520-22404-6) the comment to this is "Artaioi is derived from arta ('truth'). The word also finds itself as a part of Persian personal names." --Samwz 03:31, 23 February 2006 (UTC)