The Origin of the Name "Syria"

  title={The Origin of the Name "Syria"},
  author={John A. Tvedtnes},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={139 - 140}
  • John A. Tvedtnes
  • Published 1981
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • THE name "Syria" is, in form, Greek. Several suggestions as to its ultimate derivation have been proposed.' One of the early principal theories held that the Akkadian Subartu was the origin of the name "Syria." The Subari people, mentioned in Assyrian texts, have been variously placed in the regions of Mitanni (northern Mesopotamia, in the Ijabur River triangle) or of Arpad in northern Syria (cf. the Ugaritic Tbr, designating an ethnic group or nation).2 J. N. Strassmaier read the name as Su-ri… CONTINUE READING
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