The Terms “Assyria” and “Syria” Again

  title={The Terms “Assyria” and “Syria” Again},
  author={R. Rollinger},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={283 - 287}
  • R. Rollinger
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • Since antiquity there has been a debate about whether there is a linguistic connection between the words “Assyria” and “Syria.” In 1617 John Selden suggested that the name “Syria” is simply a corruption of “Assyria.”1 Konrad Nöldeke restated this assumption in 1881 in a meticulous reexamination of the question.2 The results of Nöldeke’s study were generally received as authoritative. The debate, however, was kept alive in the following century. Eduard Schwartz examined some of the Classical… CONTINUE READING
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